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Weather by Joe

October 17, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:15 on Carlisle Road, it is 48 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 93%. The pressure is 29.89. It is cloudy with visibility at seven miles.

TODAY, it expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low in the low 40's. Winds will continue from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies with a high in the low 60's. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


British general and playwright John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 British and Hessian troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York, on October 17, 1777.
In the summer of 1777, General Burgoyne led an army of 8,000 men south through New York in an effort to join forces with British General Sir William Howe’s troops along the Hudson River. After capturing several forts, Burgoyne’s force camped near Saratoga while a larger Patriot army under General Gates gathered just four miles away. On September 19, a British advance column marched out and engaged the Patriot force at the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, or the First Battle of Saratoga. Failing to break through the American lines, Burgoyne’s force retreated. On October 7, another British reconnaissance force was repulsed by an American force under General Benedict Arnold in the Battle of Bemis Heights, also known as the Second Battle of Saratoga.
Gates retreated north to the village of Saratoga with his 5,000 surviving troops. By October 13, some 20,000 Americans had surrounded the British, and four days later Burgoyne was forced to agree to the first large-scale surrender of British forces in the Revolutionary War.
Burgoyne successfully negotiated that his surviving men would be returned to Britain by pledging that they would never again serve in North America. The nearly 6,000-man army was kept in captivity at great expense to the Continental Congress until the end of the war.
Soon after word of the Patriot victory at Saratoga reached France, King Louis XVI agreed to recognize the independence of the United States and French Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Count de Vergennes, made arrangements with U.S. Ambassador Benjamin Franklin to begin providing formal French aid to the Patriot cause. This assistance was crucial to the eventual American victory in the Revolutionary War.


perpetuity; noun; (per-puh-TOO-uh-tee)

What It Means

Perpetuity is a state of continuing forever or for a very long time.

// The property will be passed on from generation to generation in perpetuity.


"Nearly 120 acres in Bradford County … will be free from development in perpetuity, thanks to a conservation easement acquisition by the North Florida Land Trust." — The Florida Times-Union, 18 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Continual existence—that elusive philosophical concept is reflected in perpetuity, which traces to Latin perpetuus, an adjective meaning "continual" or "uninterrupted." The word has specific legal use. It can refer, for example, to an arrangement in a will rendering land forever incapable of being surrendered or transferred (or at least, for a period longer than is set by rules against such arrangements) or to an annuity that is payable forever.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Gull Harbor

October 16, 2021

Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative BISI Energy Independence

Energy 2

This was live streamed  at http://beaverisland.tv, and eleven people tuned in to watch it.

View pictures of this event HERE

View video of these presentations HERE


Weather by Joe

October 16, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 49 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 96%. The pressure is 29.72. It's a little warmer on Greene's Bay at 52 degrees. The sky is cloudy, and visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of sun and clouds this morning with showers expected in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 30%. The high will be in the mid-50's. The wind will be from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies will be partly cloudy after midnight. The low will be in the upper 40's. Winds will continue to be brisk from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a high near 60 degrees. Winds continue from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.


On October 16, 1934, the embattled Chinese Communists break through Nationalist enemy lines and begin an epic flight from their encircled headquarters in southwest China. Known as Ch’ang Cheng—the “Long March”—the retreat lasted 368 days and covered 6,000 miles, more than twice the distance from New York to San Francisco.
Civil war in China between the Nationalists and the Communists broke out in 1927. In 1931, Communist leader Mao Zedong was elected chairman of the newly established Soviet Republic of China, based in Jiangxi province in the southeast. Between 1930 and 1934, the Nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek launched a series of five encirclement campaigns against the Soviet Republic. Under the leadership of Mao, the Communists employed guerrilla tactics to resist successfully the first four campaigns, but in the fifth, Chiang raised 700,000 troops and built fortifications around the Communist positions. Hundreds of thousands of peasants were killed or died of starvation in the siege, and Mao was removed as chairman by the Communist Central Committee. The new Communist leadership employed more conventional warfare tactics, and its Red Army was decimated.
With defeat imminent, the Communists decided to break out of the encirclement at its weakest points. The Long March began at 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 1934. Secrecy and rear-guard actions confused the Nationalists, and it was several weeks before they realized that the main body of the Red Army had fled. The retreating force initially consisted of 86,000 troops, 15,000 personnel, and 35 women. Weapons and supplies were borne on men’s backs or in horse-drawn carts, and the line of marchers stretched for 50 miles. The Communists generally marched at night, and when the enemy was not near, a long column of torches could be seen snaking over valleys and hills into the distance.
The first disaster came in November, when Nationalist forces blocked the Communists’ route across the Hsiang River. It took a week for the Communists to break through the fortifications and cost them 50,000 men—more than half their number. After that debacle, Mao steadily regained his influence, and in January he was again made chairman during a meeting of the party leaders in the captured city of Tsuni. Mao changed strategy, breaking his force into several columns that would take varying paths to confuse the enemy. There would be no more direct assaults on enemy positions. And the destination would now be Shaanxi Province, in the far northwest, where the Communists hoped to fight the Japanese invaders and earn the respect of China’s masses.
After enduring starvation, aerial bombardment, and almost daily skirmishes with Nationalist forces, Mao halted his columns at the foot of the Great Wall of China on October 20, 1935. Waiting for them were five machine-gun- and red-flag-bearing horsemen. “Welcome, Chairman Mao,” one said. “We represent the Provincial Soviet of Northern Shensi. We have been waiting for you anxiously. All that we have is at your disposal!” The Long March was over.
The Communist marchers crossed 24 rivers and 18 mountain ranges, mostly snow-capped. Only 4,000 troops completed the journey. The majority of those who did not perished. It was the longest continuous march in the history of warfare and marked the emergence of Mao Zedong as the undisputed leader of the Chinese Communists. Learning of the Communists’ heroism and determination in the Long March, thousands of young Chinese traveled to Shensi to enlist in Mao’s Red Army. After fighting the Japanese for a decade, the Chinese Civil War resumed in 1945. Four years later, the Nationalists were defeated, and Mao proclaimed the People’s Republic of China. He served as chairman until his death in 1976.


gossamer; adjective; (GAH-suh-mer)

What It Means

Gossamer means "extremely light, delicate, or tenuous."

// Except for a few gossamer clouds, the sky was clear and blue.


"The dragonfly is our state insect…. As a beautiful predator with gossamer wings…, this insect deserves far more appreciation." — Barbara Hunt, The Mat-Su Valley (Alaska) Frontiersman, 2 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

In the days of Middle English, a period of mild weather in late autumn or early winter was sometimes called a gossomer, literally "goose summer." People may have chosen that name for a late-season warm spell because October and November were the months when people felt that geese were at their best for eating. Gossomer was also used in Middle English as a word for filmy cobwebs floating through the air in calm, clear weather, apparently because somebody thought the webs looked like the down of a goose. This sense eventually inspired the adjective gossamer, which means "light, delicate, or tenuous"—just like cobwebs or goose down.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BITA Meeting Dates for 2021-2022

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Weather by Joe

October 15, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:15 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 45 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.89. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of clouds and sun in the morning giving way to cloudy skies in the afternoon. There is a 20% chance of a rain shower. The high will be near 60 degrees. The winds will be from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with occasional showers overnight. Chance of rain is 40%. The low will be near 45 degrees. The wind will continue from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a mix of clouds and sun followed by clouds later in the day. A slight chance of a shower is possible. The high will be in the mid-50's. The wind will increase to 10 to 20 mph from the WNW.


Dancer, courtesan and alleged spy Mata Hari is executed for espionage by a French firing squad at Vincennes outside of Paris.
She first came to Paris in 1905 and found fame as a performer of Asian-inspired dances. She soon began touring all over Europe, telling the story of how she was born in a sacred Indian temple and taught ancient dances by a priestess who gave her the name Mata Hari, meaning “eye of the day” in Malay. In reality, Mata Hari was born in a small town in northern Holland in 1876, and her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. She acquired her superficial knowledge of Indian and Javanese dances when she lived for several years in Malaysia with her former husband, who was a Scot in the Dutch colonial army. Regardless of her authenticity, she packed dance halls and opera houses from Russia to France, mostly because her show consisted of her slowly stripping nude.
She became a famous courtesan, and with the outbreak of World War I her catalog of lovers began to include high-ranking military officers of various nationalities. In February 1917, French authorities arrested her for espionage and imprisoned her at St. Lazare Prison in Paris. In a military trial conducted in July, she was accused of revealing details of the Allies’ new weapon, the tank, resulting in the deaths of thousands of soldiers. She was convicted and sentenced to death, and on October 15 she refused a blindfold and was shot to death by a firing squad at Vincennes.
There is some evidence that Mata Hari acted as a German spy, and for a time as a double agent for the French, but the Germans had written her off as an ineffective agent who produced little intelligence of value. Her military trial was riddled with bias and circumstantial evidence, and it is probable that French authorities trumped her up as “the greatest woman spy of the century” as a distraction for the huge losses the French army was suffering on the western front.


embellish; verb; (im-BELL-ish)

What It Means

Embellish means "to make (something) more appealing or attractive with fanciful or decorative details."
// As they grew older, the children realized their grandfather embellished the stories of his travels abroad.

// The gift shop had cowboy shirts and hats embellished with beads and stitching.


"Well, I've always wanted to write a children's book. This is just partly based on a story I used to tell Krishna, my daughter, when she was going to bed at night, but we just embellished it and embellished it." — Padma Lakshmi, quoted in Bon Appétit, 27 May 2021

Did You Know?

Embellish is related to the French word for "beautiful," bel, and, traditionally, it has been used to imply beautifying an object with the addition of things unessential. That's still true; however, it is equally appealing as an adjective for making statements or stories sound more entertaining.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Sunset Skies

October 13, 2021

Going for a Sloptown Road to Barney's Lake loop was interrupted last nights as the sky over the Hunting cabin was seen to be quite a gorgeous sky, so a side trip seemed to be important.

Sky over the Hunting cabin across the open field

So, the side trip was to the Beaver Island Townships' Airport to see the beautiful sky of the sun setting over the lake.

An amazing sky at the township airport

Sunset sky 1

Sunset sky 2

The sky at sunset was well worth the side trip, even though it was almost dark by the time the editor got to Barney's Lake to finish the loop.

NLMIC Meeting

October 14+15, 2021

NLMIC Agenda_Fall 2021_Final

DRAFT Beaver Island Implementation Plan FOR APPROVAL

Day 1, Thursday, October 14, 2021

This took place at the Peaine Township Hall today beginning at about 1 p.m. and the presentations ended just a little after 3 p.m. There were approximately 25 people at the Peaine Hall for this, and 27 people viewed the live stream on Beaver Island TV.

View a gallery of photos from Day 1 HERE

View  video of Day 1 HERE

Day 2, Friday, October 15, 2021

The live stream began at 8 a.m. this morning and continued until a little after noon, but there were power issues and Verizon access issues due to the power blinking.  There were 21 people that watched the live stream of this event.

View pictures of this event on Day 2 HERE

View video of the Day 2 HERE

Weather by Joe

October 14. 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now at 7:15 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 64 degrees with the wind switching from the NNE to SSE at from 5 to 6 mph. The humidity is 98%. The pressure is 29.75. It is cloudy with visibility given as ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with a 15% chance of a rain shower. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. The high will be in the upper 60's.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 50. Winds will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph. Should be a good night for the dark skies presentation.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies becoming more cloudy during the day. There is slight chance of a rain shower at 24%. The high will be near 60. The wind will be from the W at 5 to 10 mph.


Before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presidential candidate Theodore Roosevelt is shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while greeting the public in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel. Schrank’s .32-caliber bullet, aimed directly at Roosevelt’s heart, failed to mortally wound the former president because its force was slowed by a glasses case and a bundle of manuscript in the breast pocket of Roosevelt’s heavy coat—a manuscript containing Roosevelt’s evening speech. Schrank was immediately detained and reportedly offered as his motive that “any man looking for a third term ought to be shot.”
Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “You see, it takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.” He spoke for nearly an hour and then was rushed to the hospital.
Despite his vigorous campaign, Roosevelt, who served as the 26th U.S. president from 1901 to 1909, was defeated by Democrat Woodrow Wilson in November. Shrank was deemed insane and committed to a mental hospital, where he died in 1943.


cabal; noun; (kuh-BAHL)

What It Means

A cabal is a group secretly united in a plot.

// Military police arrested members of the cabal who were planning to overthrow the government.


"February 14? … That's an arbitrary date picked by a cabal of florists and greeting card manufacturers. Love can happen any time of the year…." — Bruce Gravel, Peterborough (Ontario) This Week, 4 Feb. 2021

Did You Know?

Cabal has been associated with a group of five ministers in the government of England's King Charles II. The initial letters of the names or titles of those men (Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale) spelled cabal, and they have been collectively dubbed as the "Cabal Cabinet" or "Cabal Ministry." But these five names are not the source of the word cabal, which was in use decades before Charles II ascended the throne. The term traces back to cabbala, the Medieval Latin name for the Kabbalah, a traditional system of esoteric Jewish mysticism. Latin borrowed Cabbala from the Hebrew qabbālāh, meaning "received or traditional lore."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Special St. James Township Meeting

October 13, 2021, @ 2 p.m.

View video of this meeting HERE

Beaver Island Sustainability Fair E-News

October 13, 2021

Timeout for Art: On Display

October 13, 2021

by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

October 13, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 59 degrees with some variable wind. Humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.88. We got three-quarters an inch of rain yesterday. It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy with a high in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with occasional showers. Chance of rain is 50%. The low will be near 60. The wind will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high in the upper 60's. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.


The cornerstone is laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington, D.C. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as the “White House” because its white-gray Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red brick of nearby buildings.
The city of Washington was created to replace Philadelphia as the nation’s capital because of its geographical position in the center of the existing new republic. The states of Maryland and Virginia ceded land around the Potomac River to form the District of Columbia, and work began on Washington in 1791. French architect Charles L’Enfant designed the area’s radical layout, full of dozens of circles, crisscross avenues, and plentiful parks.
In 1792, work began on the neoclassical White House building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by a construction team comprised of enslaved and freed African Americans and European immigrants. Irish American architect James Hoban oversaw the design and President George Washington chose the site.
On November 1, President John Adams was welcomed into the executive mansion. His wife, Abigail, wrote about their new home: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but wise men ever rule under this roof!”
In 1814, during the War of 1812, the White House was set on fire along with the U.S. Capitol by British soldiers in retaliation for the burning of government buildings in Canada by U.S. troops. The burned-out building was subsequently rebuilt and enlarged under the direction of James Hoban, who added east and west terraces to the main building, along with a semicircular south portico and a colonnaded north portico. The smoke-stained stone walls were painted white. Work was completed on the White House in the 1820s.
Major restoration occurred during the administration of President Harry Truman, and Truman lived across the street for several years in Blair House. Since 1995, Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Lafayette Square has been closed to vehicular traffic for security reasons. Today, more than a million tourists visit the White House annually. It is the oldest federal building in the nation’s capital.


odious; adjective; (OH-dee-us)

What It Means

Odious means "causing strong hatred or dislike."

// The biography is an in-depth account of one of the most odious serial killers in American history.


"There are probably few things more emotion-laden and odious as taxes. But for a society to function for the common good, they are a necessary evil." — William P. Cawley, The Richmond (Virginia) Times Dispatch, 15 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Odious comes from Latin odiosus; that adjective is from the word for "hatred," odium. Odium is related to the English verb annoy, and it is used in English to mean "hatred" or "disgrace."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Peaine Township Meeting

October 12, 2021, 7 p.m.

Peaine Township Minutes 9 14 21 reg meeting


Peaine Packet including financials HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Birds Seen the Last Two Days

October 12, 2021

Taking a nice slow drive has its own rewards.  You get to take your time to view and enjoy the fall colors that are starting to glow in the sunshine.  You might even get a chance to see some wildlife.  This editor got a little chance to see some birds and enjoy the colors, the peacefulness, and the beauty of Beaver Island over the last couple of days with the sunshine.

This partridge was seen just off the roadway near Barney's Lake. 

This heron was in the weeds at Barney's Lake.

View a short video of the heron HERE

Sandhills in the field on Sloptown Road.

View a short video clip of the sandhills taking flight HERE

One of the frustrating things that a photographer will encounter is the rushing vehicles going way too fast down these gravel roads.  It seems there is more traffic and faster traffic this year than in the past.  This faster driver issue not only doesn't allow them to see anything, but it also chases the wildlife and birds away from the roadway, which is where all these pictures above were taken.  No video of the partridge because it was chased away by a speeding car going by.

In the trees around the harbor area there were quite a few of these European Starlings.  Perhaps they are migrating.

Weather by Joe

October 12, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This is a very wet morning. Since midnight, we've already had over a third of an inch of rain, and it's coming down pretty good right now. It's 63 degrees with no wind at 7 a.m.. Humidity is at 100%. The pressure is 29.68. It is cloudy with pouring rain. Visibility is at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a wet day with occasional rain tapering off as the day progresses. Chance of rain is 100%. The high will be in the upper 60's with a SW wind at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for possible rain continuing. The chance of shower is given as 20%. The low will be in the upper 50's. The wind will switch to the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with a high in the middle 60's. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.


After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island on October 12, 1492, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia.
Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. Little is known of his early life, but he worked as a seaman and then a maritime entrepreneur. He became obsessed with the possibility of pioneering a western sea route to Cathay (China), India, and the gold and spice islands of Asia. At the time, Europeans knew no direct sea route to southern Asia, and the route via Egypt and the Red Sea was closed to Europeans by the Ottoman Empire, as were many land routes.
Contrary to popular legend, educated Europeans of Columbus’ day did believe that the world was round, as argued by St. Isidore in the seventh century. However, Columbus, and most others, underestimated the world’s size, calculating that East Asia must lie approximately where North America sits on the globe (they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed).
With only the Atlantic Ocean, he thought, lying between Europe and the riches of the East Indies, Columbus met with King John II of Portugal and tried to persuade him to back his “Enterprise of the Indies,” as he called his plan. He was rebuffed and went to Spain, where he was also rejected at least twice by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. However, after the Spanish conquest of the Moorish kingdom of Granada in January 1492, the Spanish monarchs, flush with victory, agreed to support his voyage.
On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three small ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Nina. On October 12, the expedition reached land, probably Watling Island in the Bahamas. Later that month, Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought was mainland China, and in December the expedition landed on Hispaniola, which Columbus thought might be Japan. He established a small colony there with 39 of his men. The explorer returned to Spain with gold, spices, and “Indian” captives in March 1493 and was received with the highest honors by the Spanish court. He was the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland in the 10th century.
During his lifetime, Columbus led a total of four expeditions to the "New World," exploring various Caribbean islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the South and Central American mainlands, but he never accomplished his original goal—a western ocean route to the great cities of Asia. Columbus died in Spain in 1506 without realizing the scope of what he did achieve: He had discovered for Europe the New World, whose riches over the next century would help make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth. He also unleashed centuries of brutal colonization, the transatlantic slave trade and the deaths of millions of Native Americans from murder and disease.
Columbus was honored with a U.S. federal holiday in 1937. Since 1991, dozens of cities and a growing number of states have adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday that celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans. Not by coincidence, the occasion usually falls on Columbus Day, the second Monday in October, or replaces the holiday entirely. Why replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Some argue that the holiday overlooks Columbus' enslavement of Native Americans—while giving him credit for “discovering” a place where people already lived.


extricate; verb; (EK-struh-kayt)

What It Means

Extricate means "to free or remove someone or something from an entanglement or difficulty."
// Firefighters extricated the passengers from the wreckage.

// The wife of the accused hired an attorney to extricate herself from the allegations brought against her husband.


"The skylight has been lifted off Toland Hall to create an opening large enough to extricate the panels by crane." — Sam Whiting, The San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Extricate is used for the act of freeing someone or something from a tangled situation. Its spelling and meaning comes from Latin extricatus, which combines the prefix ex- ("out of") with the noun tricae, meaning "trifles or perplexities." The resemblance of tricae to trick is no illusion—it's an ancestor.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for October 11-15, 2021

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.

Mass from Holy Cross

October 10, 2021

Reader Joan Banville....Celebrant Fr. Peter Wigton

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

October 10, 2021

Judi Meister announcements....Pastor Filkins.......Judi Meister plays the hymns

The readers

View video of the service HERE

Gloria Dugan Funeral

October 9, 2021

Celebrant was Father Pat, readers were John Fiegen and Pinky Harmon.

View video of the Funeral Mass HERE

Energy Independence

The Michigan Tech professor and students got their first introduction to Beaver Island on the night before this gathering.  They flew over to the island and circled the township airport, but there was not enough visibility to land, so they ended up flying back to the mainland.  They reportedly had to spend the night sleeping on the floor of a farmhouse, and then the flying was not taking place again on the day of the meeting, so they had to get down and take the ferry boat to get to the island.

They group did not get to the meeting on time.  They were at least twenty minutes late in arriving, and the pizza and the people arrived, and finally the meeting began with an introduction of the people participating in the energy audit program that this whole event was about.

Some of the attendees

Tara's Meadow introductions....

The students and professor from Michigan Tech.

The professor admitted at the beginning that they were here to do a survey, and they had no answers at this time.

A previous visitor who reported his solar experience to St. James township.

View video of this meeting HERE


by Cindy Ricksgers

Weather by Joe

October 11, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Right now at 7:30 a.m., it is 65 degrees with a slight wind from the N at 2 mph. Humidity is 99%. We got .2 inches of rain yesterday. The pressure is 28.62. It's cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a warm day with a high near 70 degrees. It expected to be mostly cloudy with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60%. The wind will be from the SW for 10 to 15 mph.

TONIGHT , it is forecast for showers and thunderstorms likely with a chance of some severe thunderstorm possible. Chance of rain is 70%. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a cloudy day with showers and a high near 70. Chance of rain is 70%. The wind will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.


The death toll from a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia hits 100 on October 11, 1793. By the time it ended, 5,000 people were dead.
Yellow fever, or American plague as it was known at the time, is a viral disease that begins with fever and muscle pain. Next, victims often become jaundiced (hence, the term “yellow” fever), as their liver and kidneys cease to function normally. Some of the afflicted then suffer even worse symptoms. Famous early American Cotton Mather described it as “turning yellow then vomiting and bleeding every way.” Internal bleeding in the digestive tract causes bloody vomit. Many victims become delirious before dying.
The first yellow fever outbreaks in the United States occurred in late 1690s. Nearly 100 years later, in the late summer of 1793, refugees from a yellow fever epidemic in the Caribbean fled to Philadelphia. Within weeks, people throughout the city were experiencing symptoms. By the middle of October, 100 people were dying from the virus every day. Caring for the victims so strained public services that the local city government collapsed. Philadelphia was also the seat of the United States government at the time, but federal authorities simply evacuated the city in face of the raging epidemic.
Eventually, a cold front eliminated Philadelphia’s mosquito population and the death toll fell to 20 per day by October 26. Today, a vaccine prevents yellow fever in much of the world, though thousands of people still die every year from the disease.


restaurateur; noun; (res-tuh-ruh-TER)

What It Means

A restaurateur is a person who owns or manages a restaurant.

// The restaurateur has created an exquisite menu to match the elegantly renovated dining room.


"Savvy restaurateurs have been turning to milkshakes to create buzz for their brands in recent years thanks to the visual nature of maxed-out milkshakes … with their over-the-top flavors laden with indulgent toppings like churros, whole cake slices and ice cream bars." — The Nation's Restaurant News, 20 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Restaurateur and restaurant are French words from Latin restaurare, meaning "to restore." Of the two words, restaurant is more common—a fact that may have influenced the development of the variant spelling restauranteur for restaurateur. Some people consider restauranteur to be an error, but it is still on the menu as an acceptable word choice.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

St. James Township Audit

October 11, 2021

Some of the most professional work that has been noted over the last few years includes the audit of St. James Township and the efforts made by this board to accomplish goals that are created.  There are obvious had work and effort going into the township in today's COVID world.  Lots of good accomplishments and serious efforts to be financially solvent.

St James audit 2021

St James mat weakness ltr 2021

St James governance ltr 2021

Weather by Joe

October 10, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At just before 8 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 62 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.74. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles. It is quite wet outside amongst the fallen leaves, but not from the misty rain yesterday. It's leftover from the over and inch of rain for the day before yesterday.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny in the morning with thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 30%. The high will be in the low 70's. The wind will be from the SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for variable cloudy skies with thunderstorms possible. Chance of rain is 60%. The low will be in the upper 60's. The wind will be from the S at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for clouds in the morning with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. The high will be near 70 degrees with wind from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

ON THIS DAY of 732

At the Battle of Tours near Poitiers, France, Frankish leader Charles Martel, a Christian, defeats a large army of Spanish Moors, halting the Muslim advance into Western Europe. Abd-ar-Rahman, the Muslim governor of Cordoba, was killed in the fighting, and the Moors retreated from Gaul, never to return in such force.
Charles was the illegitimate son of Pepin, the powerful mayor of the palace of Austrasia and effective ruler of the Frankish kingdom. After Pepin died in 714 (with no surviving legitimate sons), Charles beat out Pepin’s three grandsons in a power struggle and became mayor of the Franks. He expanded the Frankish territory under his control and in 732 repulsed an onslaught by the Muslims.
Victory at Tours ensured the ruling dynasty of Martel’s family, the Carolingians. His son Pepin became the first Carolingian king of the Franks, and his grandson Charlemagne carved out a vast empire that stretched across Europe.

amicable; adjective; (AM-ih-kuh-bul)

What It Means

Amicable means "showing a polite and friendly desire to avoid disagreement and argument."
// The partners maintained an amicable relationship after selling the business.

"I value the hours of amicable, nuanced conversations on complex topics with the people I have met, which always prove to be full of disagreement but also surprising amounts of agreement and understanding." — John Rochford, The Iowa State Daily (Ames, Iowa), 21 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Amicable comes from Latin amīcābilis, meaning "friendly," and amāre, "to feel affection for" or "to love." Amāre has a number of English descendants, including amiable ("friendly, sociable, and congenial"), amorous ("strongly moved by love and especially sexual love"), and amateur, which, though it might seem surprising, is related to amāre by way of the Latin amātor, which means "lover" as well as "enthusiastic admirer" and "devotee."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


for St. James Township

October 9, 2021

St James Township is seeking a candidate for the board position of Township Supervisor. The selected candidate will be appointed by the township board to fill the position until the November 2022 General Election. The candidate appointed shall be a St James Township registered voter and have lived in the township for at least 30 days.  The appointed candidate and shall take office on November 10, 2021. This is a paid position, paying $19,500.00 per year.  

View/Downlod the Notice HERE

Supervisor legal duties and Core Competencies

Weather by Joe

October 9, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 61 degrees. It's a little wet outside since we got a little over an inch of rain overnight. There is no wind right now. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 29.89. It is cloudy and visibility is a little over one mile.

TODAY, it is expected that there will be showers early with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. The high will be in the upper 60's. The winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low near 60. Winds will be from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers and thunderstorms likely. Chance of rain is 60%. The high will be near 70 degrees. Winds will be from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph.


Religious dissident Roger Williams is banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by the General Court of Massachusetts. Williams had spoken out against the right of civil authorities to punish religious dissension and to confiscate Native American land.
After leaving Massachusetts, Williams, with the assistance of the Narragansett tribe, established a settlement at the junction of two rivers near Narragansett Bay, located in present-day Rhode Island. He declared the settlement open to all those seeking freedom of conscience and the removal of the church from civil matters, and many dissatisfied Puritans came. Taking the success of the venture as a sign from God, Williams named the community “Providence.”
Among those who found a haven in the religious and political refuge of the Rhode Island Colony were Anne Hutchinson—like Williams, she had been exiled from Massachusetts for religious reasons—some of the first Jews to settle in North America, and the Quakers. In Providence, Roger Williams also founded the first Baptist church in America and edited the first dictionary of Native American languages.


fret; verb; (FRET)

What It Means

Fret means "to become worried or concerned."

// The director fretted over every detail of the show's opening night performance.


"Notre Dame had four players who needed surgery this week. … It's a troubling start that every coach frets about. — Mike Hutton, Sports Illustrated, 9 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

The meat-and-potatoes meaning of fret is "to eat." The verb is used literally, as in "Moths fretted the clothing," but more often figuratively to describe actions that corrode or wear away. A river "frets away" at its banks, or something might be said to be "fretted out" with time or age. Fret also applies to emotional experiences so that something that "eats away at someone" is "fretting the heart or mind."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, October 8, 2021

Schoolwide Spirit Week October 11-15th 

The BICS Student Council is coordinating Spirit Week dress up days next week for all BICS students. In addition to the fun of dressing up, everyone who dresses up and puts their name in the hat will have a chance to win basket full of goodies at the end of the week! Here are the themes for each day of spirit week:

Monday—Pajama Day

Tuesday—Twin (or Triplet, Quadruplet…) Day

Wednesday—Hat Day (or Crazy Hair for elementary students)

Thursday—Throwback Day (Mismatch Day for elementary students)

Friday—Dress Like a Celebrity (Green and White for elementary students)

In Sports Action…

…the Islanders host Munising Baptist Thursday afternoon for soccer and volleyball.  Volleyball starts at noon, soccer to follow immediately after Volleyball ends. NLL soccer tournament is Saturday October 16th on Mackinac Island. Go Islanders!

Next Vaccine Clinic—Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Mark your calendars for the next Health Department Vaccine Clinic. This clinic will provide flu shots, COVID vaccines, and other vaccines with prior registration. Call (800) 432-4121 to schedule your appointment!

Focus on Mental Health

Again this year we are partnering with Boyne City Public School and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to provide mental counseling services for our students. If you would like your student to work with a professional counselor as part of this program, please complete the paperwork that Ms. Deb sent out last week and bring it to the office. 

Have a Great Weekend!

Wilfred Cwikiel, Superintendent-Principal
Beaver Island Community School
(231) 448-2744


Hello friends,

What kind of bow cannot be tied? Read on and you will find the answer.

Here is a brief announcement about the Sunday, October 17th curbside dinner. Please reserve a meal soon. I do not want anyone to miss out on this dinner if they want to eat. I have attached a photo of the meal planned for 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on October 17, at the Beaver Island Community Center. This is a curbside pick meal. Call 448-2124 for more information.

What kind of bow cannot be tied? A Rainbow

Weather by Joe

October 8, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! This morning on Carlisle Road, it looks like we got less rain than expected overnight, .01 inch. At 6:45 a.m., it is 62 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.02. It is cloudy with visibility at 5 miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be overcast with periods of rain. The chance of rain is 50%. The high will close to 70 degrees. The wind will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain and scattered thunderstorms overnight. Chance of rain is 80%. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for showers in the morning with clearing in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 40%. The high will be near 70 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.


On October 8, 1871, flames spark in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million (in 1871 dollars; roughly $4 billion in 2021 dollars) in damages.
Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the O’Leary barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a comet may have been responsible for the event that left four square miles of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins. Dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings, streets and sidewalks made Chicago vulnerable to fire. The city averaged two fires per day in 1870; there were 20 fires throughout Chicago the week before the Great Fire of 1871.
Despite the fire’s devastation, much of Chicago’s physical infrastructure, including its water, sewage and transportation systems, remained intact. Reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth, as architects laid the foundation for a modern city featuring the world’s first skyscrapers. At the time of the fire, Chicago’s population was approximately 324,000; within nine years, there were 500,000 Chicagoans. By 1893, the city was a major economic and transportation hub with an estimated population of 1.5 million. That same year, Chicago was chosen to host the World’s Columbian Exposition, a major tourist attraction visited by 27.5 million people, or approximately half the U.S. population at the time.
In 1997, the Chicago City Council exonerated Mrs. O’Leary and her cow. She turned into a recluse after the fire, and died in 1895.


scion; noun; (SYE-un)

What It Means

A scion is an heir or descendant of a wealthy or influential family.

// As scions of the celebrity family, the siblings have options when choosing their career paths.


"Walker was the beloved, indulged scion of a wealthy East Coast family, the son of the first curator of the National Gallery and a descendant of Thomas More, the author of the 15th-century satire 'Utopia.'" — Parul Sehgal, The New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Scion comes from Anglo-French cioun, meaning "offspring" or "new growth of a plant." When it first sprouted in English, it referred to a plant's shoot; the word was then applied to portions of a plant that have been grafted. The figurative meaning, "descendant," blossomed later, with particular reference to those who were descendants of notable families.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Notice of Registration to Vote in St. James

October 7, 2021

Halloween Trunk and Treat

Soccer, Islanders vs Soaring Eagles

October 6, 2021


View a small gallery of photos HERE

View video of the match HERE

Volleyball, Lady Islanders vs Lady Soaring Eagles

October 6, 2021

Lady Hannahville Soaring Eagles

Lady Islanders

View a good size gallery of photos of the games HERE

View video of the matches HERE

B. I. Transportation Authority Meeting

Agenda and Notice October 14 2021 Annual Meeting

Oct 14 2021 regular meeting agenda

Sept 14 2021 regular meeting minutes draft

Letter of Resignation

October 7, 2021

It is with sadness that the Beaver Island News on the 'Net editor needs to report the resignation of Kitty McNamara Green as the supervisor of St. James Township Board.  Her resignation was accepted at the board meeting on October 6, 2021, with all board members expressing their appreciation for all of the work that has been accomplished and the projects that are still underway under her leadership.  Thank you for all that you have done and all the hours that you have put in to make St. James Township very progressive and project completion oriented.  The effective date of this resignation is November 10, 2021.

B. I. Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

October 7, 2021

Weather by Joe

October 7, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 56 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.21. It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have areas of patchy fog this morning. Cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. The high will be in the upper 60's. The wind will be from the E at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for increasing clouds with the chance of rain overnight after midnight. The low temperature will be near 60 degrees. The wind will continue from the E at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 60%.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a steady rain in the morning continuing into the afternoon. The high will be near 70 degrees. The wind will be from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain will be 70%.


During the American Revolution, Patriot irregulars under Colonel William Campbell defeat Tories under Major Patrick Ferguson at the Battle of King’s Mountain.
Major Ferguson’s Tory force, made up mostly of American Loyalists from South Carolina and elsewhere, was the western wing of General Lord Cornwallis’ North Carolina invasion force. One thousand American frontiersmen under Colonel Campbell of Virginia gathered in the backcountry on the border of the two states to resist Ferguson’s advance. Pursued by the Patriots, Ferguson positioned his Tory force in defense of a rocky, treeless ridge named King’s Mountain. The Patriots charged the hillside multiple times, demonstrating lethal marksmanship against the surrounded Loyalists.
Unwilling to surrender to a “band of banditti,” Ferguson led a suicidal charge down the mountain and was cut down in a hail of bullets. After his death, some of his men tried to surrender, but they were slaughtered in cold blood by the frontiersmen, who were bitter over British excesses in the Carolinas. The Tories suffered 157 killed, 163 wounded, and 698 captured. Colonel Campbell’s force suffered just 28 killed and 60 wounded.


cavalier; adjective; (kav-uh-LEER)

What It Means

Cavalier means "having or showing no concern for important or serious matters."

// The company asks employees to watch informative videos on topics such as the dangers of being cavalier in sharing information with unverified emailers.


"Another surprisingly common problem is grant applications that are poorly written. In some cases, poor writing can make your argument difficult to comprehend, and it certainly suggests a cavalier attitude to the process." — Michelle Havich, The American City & County (Atlanta, Georgia), 12 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

The adjective cavalier comes from a noun referring to a gentleman or knight who is trained in arms and horsemanship. The noun traces back to Latin caballārius, meaning "horseback rider" or "groom." It is also used for "a swaggering fellow," and English Puritans used it disdainfully to their adversaries, the swashbuckling royalist followers of Charles I, who sported longish hair and swords. Their use undoubtedly contributed to the adjective's reference to a rather unbecoming quality.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS Revised Sports Schedules for Rest of Season

October 6, 2012

View the volleyball and soccer schedule HERE

Beaver Island Community School Board Meeting Agenda

October 6, 2021, 6:30 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

St. James Township Clerk Documents

October 6, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Draft Minutes , September 1, 2021 regular meeting

Minutes for September 8, 2021 Special Meeting Public Hearing (1) (1)

Payments Journal Dock 9.1.21-10.5.21

Payments Journal General 9.1.21-10.5.81

Payments Journal Road 9.1.21-10.5.21

Payments Journal Sewer 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal Dock 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal General 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal Road 9.1.21-10.5.21

Receipts Journal Sewer 9.1.21-10.5.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Dock 9.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures General 10.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Road 9.21

Statement of Revenue and Expenditures Sewer 9.21

View video of the meeting HERE

Trails Document for NLMIC Collaborative Meeting

October 14-15, 2021

Beaver Island Trails Master Plan DRAFT Work Plan Oct 15 2021

beaver-island-trails-map 2021 handout front

Weather by Joe

October 6, 2021


Good morning from Beaver Island! On Carlisle Road at 6:45 a.m., it is 50 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.32. It is cloudy and visibility is given as 1.5 miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have patchy fog this morning giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. The high will be near 70 degrees. The wind will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a high in the mid-50's with light and variable winds.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for some sun in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon. The high will be near 70. Wind will be from the E at 5 to 10 mph.


On October 6, 1866, the brothers John and Simeon Reno stage the first train robbery in American history, making off with $13,000 from an Ohio and Mississippi railroad train in Jackson County, Indiana.
Of course, trains had been robbed before the Reno brothers’ holdup. But these previous crimes had all been burglaries of stationary trains sitting in depots or freight yards. The Reno brothers’ contribution to criminal history was to stop a moving train in a sparsely populated region where they could carry out their crime without risking interference from the law or curious bystanders.
Though created in Indiana, the Reno brother’s new method of robbing trains quickly became very popular in the West. Many bandits, who might otherwise have been robbing banks or stagecoaches, discovered that the newly constructed transcontinental and regional railroads in the West made attractive targets. With the western economy booming, trains often carried large amounts of cash and precious minerals. The wide-open spaces of the West also provided train robbers with plenty of isolated areas ideal for stopping trains, as well as plenty of wild spaces where they could hide from the law. Some criminal gangs, like Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch, found that robbing trains was so easy and lucrative that for a time they made it their criminal specialty.

The railroad owners, however, were not about to sit back and let Cassidy or any other bandit freely pillage their trains. To their dismay, would-be train robbers increasingly found that the cash and precious metals on trains were well protected in massive safes watched over by heavily armed guards. Some railroads, such as the Union Pacific, even began adding special boxcars designed to carry guards and their horses. In the event of an attempted robbery, these men could not only protect the train’s valuables, but could also quickly mount their horses and chase down the fleeing bandits—hopefully putting a permanent end to their criminal careers. As a result, by the late 19th century, train robbery was becoming an increasingly difficult—and dangerous—profession.

Also, ON THIS DAY, in 1683, German immigrants found Germantown in Pennsylvania. Thirteen families from Krefeld, Germany, settled there including some Mennonites. They later signed a charter with William Penn to incorporate the settlement, which was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia in 1854.

Also, ON THIS DAY, in 1723, Benjamin Franklin arrives in Philadelphia. Originally from Boston, Franklin got into trouble with authorities there for publishing a newspaper that was critical of the government when he was 17 years old. To avoid prosecution, he traveled to Philadelphia. He found work as a typesetter in a printer's shop before becoming the publisher of the "Pennsylania Gazette" in 1728. Franklin would go on to become one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America as well as a respected scientist, statesman, and diplomat.



loll; verb; (LAHL)

What It Means

Loll most often means "to droop or hang loosely." It can also mean "to act or move in a relaxed or lazy manner."

// The exhausted dog plopped on the floor with its tongue lolling out.

// It was a dreary Saturday, and James decided to loll around in his pajamas and catch up on his TV shows.


"Curiously, while the seals loll on the sand for a month, their metabolic capacity does not decrease." — Veronique Greenwood, The New York Times, 8 July 2021

Did You Know?

Loll has origins similar to another soothing verb, lull, which means "to cause to rest or sleep." Both probably originated as imitations of the soft sounds people make when resting or trying to soothe someone else to sleep. Loll shares synonyms with a number of l verbs, including loaf, lounge, and laze.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beaver Island Christmas Cantata

October 5, 2021

Dear Friends:

In December, 2020, we did not perform our annual Christmas Cantata because of Covid, but are going to try this year!

The date for the Cantata will be Sunday, December 5, 2021.

Please join us Sunday, October 10th, at the BI Christian Church 11:15 for our first get together.

At that time we will pass out music and talk about rehearsals; I know that everyone will not be able to meet on Sundays at that time, but we will work out what is best.

Our Beaver island community always looks forward to this beautiful Christmas performance. We welcome anyone who likes to sing to join us, especially those that new to the Island. Feel free to share this news with others, and I hope to see you next Sunday!

Kathy Speck

Interesting Bird, Identity Unknown

October 4, 2021

On a trip to the point and back last evening, just before dusk, an unusual bird call was heard down by Buddy Martin's dock.  Slowing down and pulling onto the harbor side of the roadway, a couple of birds were squeaking and squawking, and making interesting sounds.  As the editor pulled off onto the wrong side of the roadway, but closer to the harbor area, the two pictures below were taken before the birds flew off.

Now, the bird ID program suggests that this bird is something that I've not heard of before, so anyone that can identify this bird, please email me at medic5740@gmail.com

Pam Grassmick emailed that this is a belted kingfisher. 

Weather by Joe

October 5, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 52 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.22. It is cloudy and visibility is less than one mile.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy early becoming mostly sunny later. Areas of patchy fog expected this morning. The high will be near 70 degrees with light and variable winds.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low in the 50's. Winds will continue to be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine with a high in the upper 60's. Winds will be light and variable.


During the War of 1812, a combined British and Native American force is defeated by General William Harrison’s American army at the Battle of the Thames near Ontario, Canada. The leader of the Native forces was Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief who organized intertribal resistance to the encroachment of white settlers on Native lands. He was killed in the fighting.
Tecumseh was born in an village in present-day Ohio and early on witnessed the devastation wrought on tribal lands by white settlers. He fought against U.S. forces in the American Revolution and later raided white settlements, often in conjunction with other tribes. He became a great orator and a leader of intertribal councils. He traveled widely, attempting to organize a united Native front against the United States. When the War of 1812 erupted, he joined the British, and with a large force he marched on U.S.-held Fort Detroit with British General Isaac Brock. In August 1812, the fort surrendered without a fight when it saw the British and Native show of force.
Tecumseh then traveled south to rally other tribes to his cause and in 1813 joined British General Henry Procter in his invasion of Ohio. The British-Native American force besieged Fort Meigs, and Tecumseh intercepted and destroyed a Kentucky brigade sent to relieve the fort. After the U.S. victory at the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813, Procter and Tecumseh were forced to retreat to Canada. Pursued by an American force led by the future president William Harrison, the British-Native American force was defeated at the Battle of the Thames River on October 5.
The battle gave control of the western theater to the United States in the War of 1812. Tecumseh’s death marked the end of Native resistance east of the Mississippi River, and soon after most of the depleted tribes were forced west.


intransigent; adjective; (in-TRAN-suh-junt)

What It Means

Intransigent means "characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon an extreme position or attitude."

// Despite the mediator's best efforts, the opposing sides in the dispute remained intransigent.


"So we're this incredibly adaptable creature because we have these very plastic brains. And our experience imprints itself on those brains, and we become habituated to things. … And that's just the way they are. … And this is … what makes us so intransigent, so resistant to change…." — James Suzman, quoted in The New York Times, 29 June 2021

Did You Know?

Intransigent comes from Spanish intransigente, meaning "uncompromising." Its root is transigir ("to compromise"), which is related to Latin transigere ("to come to an agreement"). The French have a similar verb, transiger, which also means "to compromise." Transigent as an opposite of intransigent has yet to become recognized as an acceptable word in the English language.

(from Merriam Webster and hstory dot com)

Holy Cross Bulletin for October

October 4, 2021


October 4, 2021

Good Morning all,

Just a note to keep you up to date on what is going on with the COA and to respond to requests for more information.  Please find attached the October 2021 Senior Hi-Lites NewsletterShould you have ANY questions about program requirements or qualifications, please contact Lonnie our Site Coordinator on Beaver Island or Sheri Shepard in the COA Office. 

We have had no one this month express interest in the Wellness Check program partnered with the Sheriff’s Department this month.

We will have our Senior Snow Removal Programs available again this year!  Packets can be picked up curbside at all of our Senior Center Locations after 10/17/21 or at the COA offices.

I just wanted to update you as to where we are here at the beginning of October regarding the Senior Centers in Charlevoix County.

We will continue to proceed out of an abundance of caution. We are going to keep all of our Senior Centers CLOSED to the public until the CDC and Health Department Numbers are back to safer levels.

We are still providing all of our services, just differently. I will be reviewing the CDC and Health Department numbers and levels each week to determine a new reopening timeline and keep you updated when we are closer to a more reasonable date.  Please see find attached our menu for September as meals can be picked up curbside.

As of today:

Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim and Otsego Counties are all RED-High Risk Transmission Counties for COVID19 and at Level E on the MI Safe Start Reopening plan (as is the entire State of Michigan).    As of today, Charlevoix has a positivity rate of 11%/78 New Cases/and 2 Hospitalizations, Emmet has a 12.34%/114 New Cases/and 17 Hospitalizations, Antrim has a 14.72%/98 New Cases/ and 0 Hospitalizations and Otsego has a 16.78%/ 116 New Cases/8 Hospitalizations.  Traverse City has 10.34%/275 New Cases /39 Hospitalizations.  As a reminder, when we could safely open up on 7/1/21 Charlevoix County was in the BLUE-Low Risk Transition, Level B, 0 Hospitalizations and had a less than 3% Positivity rate.

Please note that the Hospitalizations are in these beds for weeks not just days and the majority of these COVID hospitalizations for the those unvaccinated.

Emmet County has closed their Senior Center also due to the current COVID19 numbers.

The only activities/services we are allowing in the Senior Centers will be Gym walking by reservation and Foot Clinics.  Staff and seniors must wear a mask at those times.  All COA staff are encouraged to wear masks whenever within 6 feet of our seniors during this closing for other contact but it is not mandated.   If you are sick, please do not come to the senior center and get tested.  You can still get COVID if you are vaccinated but the illness it presents is less severe.  We encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not already. 

Our BI Office will be open by appointment only and masks will be required.

Volunteer services will be suspended at this time until the numbers get to a safer level.

Please be patient, kind and support our staff so that we can continue to support you with our services by staying healthy.

Please call your Site Coordinator for the most current information.

Meals and Activities are all subject to change due to the current COVID19 Pandemic numbers, statistics and protective measures for our aging adults and staff.

Please do not come to the Senior Center if you are sick.  The impact of a sick individual in our centers could shut down services if our staff gets sick and are unable to provide those services.  You can still be sick and spread the COVID19 virus if you are vaccinated.

Please print our Calendars, “Like” our Facebook Page “Charlevoix County Commission on Aging”, follow us on Instagram “Charlevoixcountycoa” and look all the other goings on either on the Senior Hi-Lites Newsletter page or the Menus / Calendars and Activities pages of our website at www.charlevoixcounty/Commission_on_Aging .

We are changing what aging looks like and feels like!

Amy Wieland

Executive Director

Charlevoix County Commission on Aging

Work Phone: 231-237-0103

Email: wielanda@charlevoixcounty.org

Address: 218 W. Garfield Avenue, Charlevoix, MI  49720

Heron's Hiding on Barney's Lake

October 2, 2021

The heron was first hiding in the tall grasses to the south of the boat launch area.  Then it flew from that area into the tall grasses alongside the gravel hill roadway.  It didn't take long for that position to put a scare into the heron as a vehicle came down the roadway, so it flew off into the western sky toward and through the tall trees.

Sunday Fog

October 3, 2021

Not much chance of anything moving on an aircraft on Sunday.   The fog was quite thick.

There were 200 passengers that left on the boat though.

Church Services

October 3, 2021

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

10 a.m.

The Prelude........Announcements

The readers

Pastor Johnson

October Birthday cake.

View video of the service HERE

Service at Holy Cross

12:15 p.m.

Patrick Nugent lead the service....Leona Pease did the readings

View video of the service HERE

Weather by Joe

October 4, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island!   At 7:30 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 60 degrees with a 3 mph wind from the SW. Humidity is at 99%.   The pressure is 29.92.   It is cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have areas of patchy fog early. It will be cloudy early with peeks of sunshine later. The high will be in the mid-60's. The wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the mid-50's. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mainly sunny skies with a few passing clouds. The high will be near 70 degrees. Wind will be light and variable.


On October 4, 1927, sculpting begins on the face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills National Forest of South Dakota. It would take another 12 years for the granite images of four of America’s most revered presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt—to be completed.
The monument was the brainchild of a South Dakota historian named Doane Robinson, who was looking for a way to attract more tourists to his state. He hired a sculptor named Gutzon Borglum to carve the faces into the mountain. The Lakota Sioux people, who consider the Black Hills to be sacred ground, strongly opposed the project. The mountain was previously part of the Great Sioux Reservation before being taken away from them by the U.S. government.
According to the National Park Service, the first face to be chiseled was George Washington’s; Borglum first sculpted the head as an egg shape, his features added later. Thomas Jefferson’s image was originally fashioned in the space to the right of Washington, but, within two years, the face was badly cracked. Workers had to blast the sculpture off the mountain using dynamite. Borglum then started over with Jefferson situated on the left side of Washington.
Washington’s face was the first to be completed in 1934. Jefferson’s was dedicated in 1936—with then-president Franklin Roosevelt in attendance—and Lincoln’s was completed a year later. In 1939, Teddy Roosevelt’s face was completed. The project, which cost $1 million, was funded primarily by the federal government.

Borglum continued to touch up his work at Mount Rushmore until he died suddenly in 1941. Borglum had originally hoped to also carve a series of inscriptions into the mountain, outlining the history of the United States.

Also ON THIS Day, October 4th

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII implements the new Gregorian Calendar. The calendar introduced leap years that are spaced out every four years to make the average length of each year 365.2425 days. The change was made to stop the calendar from drifting away fromm the Spring and Fall equinoxes.

In 1883, The Orient Express makes it inaugural run. The long distance passenger train originally ran between Paris, France, and Constantinople, in what was then the Ottoman Empire. The train has been frequently referenced in literature and film, most noticeably in Agatha Christie’s 1934 novel “Murder on the Orient Express.” It continued running until service was discontinued in 2009.


mettle; noun; (MET-ul)

What It Means

Mettle refers to the ability to continue in spite of difficulties.

// The contestants proved their mettle by completing the triathlon.


"Recently, 23 of Watauga's best math students met virtually to test their mettle against their peers in the annual MathCounts competition—a contest that tasks young mathematicians to tackle challenging math problems in a timed tournament format." — The Blowing Rocket (Blowing Rock, North Carolina), 22 Apr. 2021

Did You Know?

Originally, mettle was simply a variant spelling of the word metal (which dates to at least the 13th century), and it was used in all of the same senses as its metallic relative. Over time, however, mettle came to be used mainly in figurative senses referring to the quality of someone's character. It eventually became a distinct English word in its own right, losing its literal sense altogether. Metal remained a term primarily used for those hard, shiny substances such as steel or iron, but it also acquired a figurative use. Today, both words can mean "vigor and strength of spirit or temperament," but only metal is used of metallic substances.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Soup Day

Set up across from McDonough's Market, the AMVET's provided an excellent selection of soup for the Saturday Beaver Boodle modified from the Bite of Beaver.

Thank you to Bob Sramek for these three pictures of the event as it was taking place.

Here are a few pictures of the soups available:

Loon Chick Not Independent Yet

October 2, 2021

Although the loon chick on Barney's Lake is getting ready to become a fledgling and be independent, it is obviously not quite that far in its development as of Saturday.  These pictures show that the chick is still depending upon the adult for its continuing existence for now.  It does seem late in the season for this fledging to not have occurred, but it will happen eventually. 

An Editorial by Joe Moore

October 3, 2021

Well, I'm pretty sure that this editorial will not inflame too many people, but it may upset some that need to wake up and consider others in their immediate area.  This editor chooses purposefully to not go into a public area indoors without a mask on.  That is mainly because I was a certified health education teacher as well as a paramedic instructor coordinator, who learned in Communicable Diseases 101 that the the quickest and best protection against bodily fluids in the air and possible splashing is a surgical mask.  That is not what the editorial is all about however. 

The simple facts of personal liberties should be easily determined.  It is obvious that you may consider your "rights" to include driving way too fast for conditions or deciding to not protect others from your sneezing and coughing, and you believe in your heart that you have these rights.  The only problem with all of these positions is that you have your rights, which extend to the end or your nose, and I have my rights of not being exposed to your viruses and germs.  This is where the big disagreements begin. 

Whether you think you have a right to leave your boat at Barney's Lake for your convenience, whether you think you have a right to drive down the King's Highway at a speed that would prevent you from stopping in time for a deer or a bird or a little kid on the bike, you need to remember that your rights are only there if you do not infringe on someone else's rights.

If someone is doing something that upsets you, you may believe that you have the right to handle that matter in any way that you wish.  I would suggest that walking over and punching someone is not your "right" and that you may have overstepped the bonds of personal rights by invoking your feelings into the life of someone else.  If you don't believe that, then you don't understand the basic legal issues involved in your "rights."

Just like you don't have a "right" to drive after consuming a great deal of alcohol, just like you don't have a right to push someone out of your way, just like you don't have the right to drive at a speed that endangers others, just like you don't have a right to completely block the roadway, just like you don't have the right to drive so fast on the gravel roads that others can't see due to your dust, your rights end when another's rights begin.

So, I would suggest that you sit down and consider the fact that your rights end when your actions effect others.  It may take some legal actions to convince some of this fact, but, if that's what it takes, then that's what is going to happen.

Weather by Joe

October 3, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 64 degrees. Humidity is at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 29.87. We received just over a third an inch of rain yesterday. It is cloudy with visibility at 1.5 miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy skies this morning followed by thunderstorms this afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. The high will be near 70 degrees, and the wind will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a steady rain overnight. Chance of rain is 70%. The low will be in the mid-50's. Winds will be light and variable. Expected accumulation is a quarter inch of rain.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies early becoming partly cloudy later in the day. 25% chance of a rain shower. The high will be in the mid to upper 60's. Wind will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.


With the admission of Iraq into the League of Nations, Britain terminates its mandate over the Arab nation, making Iraq independent after 17 years of British rule and centuries of Ottoman rule.
Britain seized Iraq from Ottoman Turkey during World War I and was granted a mandate by the League of Nations to govern the nation in 1920. A Hashemite monarchy was organized under British protection in 1921, and on October 3, 1932, the kingdom of Iraq was granted independence. The Iraqi government maintained close economic and military ties with Britain, leading to several anti-British revolts. A pro-Axis revolt in 1941 led to a British military intervention, and the Iraqi government agreed to support the Allied war effort. In 1958, the monarchy was overthrown, and for the next two decades Iraq was ruled by a series of military and civilian governments.

In 1979, General Saddam Hussein became Iraqi dictator; he held onto power with an iron fist, until disappearing—and later dying—in the face of an American-led coalition’s invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Also ON THIS DAY, October 3rd

In 1789, George Washington makes the celebration of Thanksgiving a national holiday. Since then the holiday has always fallen on the fourth Thursday of November. Washington proclaimed the holiday at the request of Congress.

In 1849, Edgar Allan Poe is found unconscious in a gutter in Baltimore. Poe died four days later, and the circumstances surrounding his death remain mysterious. Joseph W. Walker found Poe lying in the street, and later reported that he was delirious and “in great distress.” Poe was taken to the hospital, but never regained consciousness.


adroit; adjective; (uh-DROYT)

What It Means

Adroit means "having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations."

// The CEO has been praised for his adroit management of the company's financial recovery.


"[Dominic Raab] has proved adroit in the past at defusing potentially difficult select committee sessions, notably over overseas aid cuts." — Patrick Wintour, The Guardian (UK), 31 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Adroit goes back to an Old French word meaning "handsome or elegant" as well as "skilled in combat." The adjective is still used to imply skillfulness, but usually not of the physical kind. Adroit most often describes cleverness that achieves one's purpose in spite of difficulties.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

From the Little Traverse Conservancy

October 2, 2021

Dear Beaver Island Residents,

The number of boats stored at Barney's Lake Nature Preserve boat access is becoming a problem. It is unsightly and impacts the land surrounding the boat launch. Little Traverse Conservancy is considering options on how to make this situation better for next year but in the meantime, we would like all boats to be removed by November 1, 2021. If anyone has specific requests or ideas on how we can handle the boat storage we are here to listen. Please email cacia@landtrust.org. Thank you for your cooperation and effort to keep our nature preserve healthy and welcoming to all.

Cacia Lesh
Little Traverse Conservancy

View a short video of the boats HERE


October 9, 2021

Dalwhinnie's Pizza Served!

WHAT: A Beaver Island Energy Independence Gathering
Meet & Greet the Expert Student Team from Michigan Tech
A Pizza Party with Q's & A's: Exploring Solar & Other Energy Independence Options for Beaver Island
WHEN: 2-4 pm Saturday Oct 9, 2021
WHERE: Peaine Township Hall (enter side door, by gas station)

Please join us in welcoming this wonderful expert team of students from Michigan Tech in the UP to Beaver Island! They are coming here to help us explore options for community-produced renewable energy, solar electricity and/or other low carbon, low expense energy-saving strategies for Island residents and businesses.
This event is part of the "Beaver Island Sustainability Initiative" sponsored by Tara's Meadow nonprofit, with funding from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Our "pizza party welcome" has the support of the Beaver Island Community School, Township Supervisors, Whiskey Point Brewery and other Island residents and businesses interested in helping the Island towards further Energy Independence.

The Michigan Tech Team has been invited to explore sites on the Island for possible solar panel arrays including the old landfill site, and to offer their recommendations to Island residents and businesses as to how they can save money and reduce greenhouse gases at the same time!

This event will be covid cautious, with socially-distanced limited seating with open window ventilation. It is designed for interested residents to have ample opportunities to ask their questions in comfortable, small sit down table discussions. After brief remarks and introductions, we'll be sitting together at spaced tables with the students, sharing our ideas, asking questions, expressing our concerns, and exploring the exciting options that are available to us!

Contact us, get on our enews email list at: bisustainfair@gmail.com.
Seamus Norgaard: ph 231-347-7957

Here is a little background on the visiting students:
Sophie Owen: is the Michigan tech team leader, and is a 4th yr electrical engineer

Mia Puda: is an electrical engineer who worked on designing a micro-grid for a Lutheran Church network of residential “tree houses” (cabins on stilts.) Designed this system with battery storage for solar

Jenna McClintcock: is a 4th year electrical, and worked with Mia on Lutheran Church grant micro-grid

Aidan Stead: is a mechanical engineer. Aidan worked on a geothermal heat-pump project (Geosolar) with solar panels to power pumps for the water.

Robert Stewart: is a 4th year electrical engineer who is working on Solar electricity for Interlochen. Robert lives in Beulah Michigan.

Brenda Wilson: is a 3rd year student electrical engineer. Brenda has worked with Central Virginia, Mortenson Construction, and AES Utility Co. She worked on utility scale solar panel system, featuring a single access tracking system with panels on rails. Estimate 625 Megawatts of solar electricity produced per yr.

Katie Adair: is a 4th year environmental engineer

Weather by Joe

October 2, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! The temperature at 7:30 a.m. is 63 degrees with no wind. The humidity is 99%. The pressure is 29.93. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with increasing clouds in the afternoon with showers. Chance of rain is 50%. The wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. The high will be near 70.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for showers this evening lessening overnight. The chance of rain is 60%. The low will be near 60 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with occasional rain showers. Chance of rain is 60%. The high will be near 70 degrees. The wind will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.


On October 2, 1941, the Germans begin their surge to Moscow, led by the 1st Army Group and Gen. Fedor von Bock. Russian peasants in the path of Hitler’s army employ a “scorched-earth” policy.
Hitler’s forces had invaded the Soviet Union in June, and early on it had become one relentless push inside Russian territory. The first setback came in August, when the Red Army’s tanks drove the Germans back from the Yelnya salient. Hitler confided to General Bock at the time: “Had I known they had as many tanks as that, I’d have thought twice before invading.” But there was no turning back for Hitler—he believed he was destined to succeed where others had failed, and capture Moscow.
Although some German generals had warned Hitler against launching Operation Typhoon as the harsh Russian winter was just beginning, remembering the fate that befell Napoleon—who got bogged down in horrendous conditions, losing serious numbers of men and horses—Bock urged him on. This encouragement, coupled with the fact that the Germany army had taken the city of Kiev in late September, caused Hitler to declare, “The enemy is broken and will never be in a position to rise again.” So for 10 days, starting October 2, the 1st Army Group drove east, drawing closer to the Soviet capital each day. But the Russians also remembered Napoleon and began destroying everything as they fled their villages, fields, and farms. Harvested crops were burned, livestock were driven away, and buildings were blown up, leaving nothing of value behind to support exhausted troops. Hitler’s army inherited nothing but ruins.


cozen; verb; (KUZ-un)

What It Means

Cozen means "to deceive, win over, or influence with pleasing words or actions or by trickery."
// Under the guise of a made-up charity, the scammers cozened people into giving them their credit card information.

// Five-year-old Mimi managed to cozen her grandmother into buying her the stuffed bear


"In the histories, indeed, we may be amazed and grieved to read how (seemingly) Melkor deceived and cozened others, and how … Melkor knew well the error of his ways…." — J.R.R. Tolkien, "Ósanwe-Kenta," ca. 1960

Did You Know?

Cozen is believed to come from the Italian word for a horse trader, cozzone. Horse-trading, as in the actual swapping of horses, usually involved bargaining and compromise—and, in fact, the term horse-trading has come to suggest any shrewd negotiation. It seems safe to assume that not all of these negotiations were entirely on the up-and-up. Given its association with horse traders, it's not too surprising that cozen suggests deception and fraud.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


Islanders vs Eagles Soccer

October 1, 2021

Playing two thirty-five minute halfs, the Islanders played well, but the Eagles were more aggressive in their play, allowing the Eagles to win the game 4-2.

View a small gallery of pictures HERE

View video of the soccer game HERE

Lady Islanders vs Lady Eagles Volleyball

October 1, 2021

After a delay caused by weather and fog, the Lady Islanders played hard against the Lady Eagles.  The games were close with the Lady Islanders winning one game 28 to 26.

Lady Eagles...........................Lady Islanders........

View a large gallery of photos HERE

View video of the games HERE

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for October 4-8, 2021

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.

Beaver Island Community School Weekly Update

Friday, October 1, 2021

Beaver Island History Adventure Day HUGE Success
On Thursday, our students had a chance to saw wood with a crosscut saw, churn butter, milk a goat, meet a French fur trader, press apple cider, and participate in many other events that evoked the human history of Beaver Island as they hiked around the north end of the Island on a spectacular autumn day. This adventure day would not have been successful without the help of dozens of volunteers and chaperones—Thank You! A HUGE thank you to Mrs. Robert and Mr. Richards for all the planning and coordination that went into this event!
In Sports Action…
…the Islanders host Ojibwe Friday afternoon for soccer and volleyball…and our volleyball team goes to Mackinac Island for the Mackinac Island Invitational tournament on Saturday. We host Hannahville volleyball and soccer next Wednesday—volleyball starts at noon. Go Islanders!
Beaver Island Boodle Race!
The Beaver Island Boodle 5K Race takes place tomorrow!  This race is for EVERYONE and is a fundraiser for awesome school activities like the Washington DC trip!  If you haven’t signed up for it yet, no worries, as you can register this week and there will be a last-minute in-person signup opportunity in front of the school today (Friday, October 1st) from 5-6 p.m.
Can Sorting this Sunday—We Need YOU!
The next can sorting fundraising extravaganza is scheduled for this Sunday, October 3rd at 11:00 am. With the gaylord boxes that Mr. Rosema has stored for nearly a year (Thank You Mr. Rosema!) and the boxes on hand at the Transfer Station, we will have about 12 boxes to sort. With “all hands on deck” we will be able to complete a quality sorting job and clean up the Transfer Station in 1 hour and 13.5  minutes. So, let’s make sure we have all hands on deck—this will get us completely caught up on all the cans that have been dropped off at the Transfer Station since last fall! Great job to everyone who’s come out to sort cans this year!
National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
All members of the BICS community are invited to join us as we induct Aedan Cole, Aidan Dean, Maggie McCafferty, and Micah Richards into the National Honor Society. The event takes place at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 outdoors behind the school. There will be reception for new NHS members and their family and friends, faculty, school board members, and the student body immediately following the ceremony.
Focus on Mental Health
Again this year we are partnering with Boyne City Public School and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to provide mental counseling services for our students. If you would like your student to work with a professional counselor as part of this program, please complete the paperwork that Ms. Deb sent out last week and bring it to the office.
Reminder--School Picture Day is Wednesday, October 6th
If you need the information packet, call Ms. Deb and she can get you a new one.

Have a Great Weekend!
Deb Pomorski
BICS Secretary

Notice of Special BICS Board Meeting

October 6, 2021, @ 6:30 p.m.

View meeting notice HERE

St. James Township Board Meeting


2022 Seasonal Rates

2022 Transient Rates

Administrative Assistance Staffing Outline (1)



Planning & Administrative Assistant Job Description - Draft




Supervisor legal duties and Core Competencies


Township Administrative Support Budget

View video of the meeting HERE

Weather by Joe

October 1, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road it is 55 degrees with no wind. The humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.16. It is cloudy and visibility is given as a quarter mile.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mixture of sunshine and clouds. The high will be near 70 degrees, and the wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for overcast sky with a chance of a shower. The low will be near 60 degrees, and the wind will continue from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for mostly cloudy skies in the morning with chance of rain in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 50%. The high will be near 70 degrees. The wind will continue from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.


On October 1, 1946, 12 high-ranking Nazis are sentenced to death by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg. Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior. Seven others, including Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s former deputy, were given prison sentences ranging from 10 years to life. Three others were acquitted.
The trial, which had lasted nearly 10 months, was conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the USSR, France and Great Britain. It was the first trial of its kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace to crimes of war and crimes against humanity. On October 16, 10 of the architects of Nazi policy were hanged one by one. Hermann Goering, who at sentencing was called the “leading war aggressor and creator of the oppressive program against the Jews,” committed suicide by poison on the eve of his scheduled execution. Nazi Party leader Martin Bormann was condemned to death in absentia; he is now known to have died in Berlin at the end of the war.


vestige; noun; (VESS-tij)

What It Means

A vestige is a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something lost or vanished.

// The seconds ticked by, but the team still had a vestige of hope.

// The ruins remain as vestiges of the Roman occupation of Britain.


"We see this galaxy as it was, not as it is today. It is theoretically possible the galaxy no longer exists but the light will continue toward Earth through the vacuum of space until the last vestiges reach our eyes and it disappears." — Bob Allen, The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa), 26 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Vestige traces to Latin vestigium, meaning "footstep, footprint, or track." Like its parent, it is used to refer to a perceptible sign made by something that has passed or to a tangible reminder, such as a fragment or remnant of what is past and gone.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)


September 30, 2021

Snow removal at the Governmental Center


OCTOBER 1, 2021 - JANUARY 2022
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM*



To reserve a ride, please call 231.582.6900 between 7:30am-4:30pm.

Medical appointments should be scheduled at least 3 days in advance.
Deliveries should be scheduled at least 1 day in advance.




Beautiful Sunset

September 29, 2021

Beaver on Barney's Lake

Sometimes you just have to take the ride out to the lake in the evening if you want to see a beaver at the lake.  They do seem to function more in the night than during the day.

This beaver was less than two car lengths away as the pictures were taken, but there was to be no flash picture without scaring it away.

Harbor Evening

It was a calm night on the 29th of September and the view after sunset was just as beautiful as the sunset.

BITA Meeting at the BIC Center

12 noon, August 29, 2021

Mary Cook was ill and unable to attend the meeting.

The purpose of today's meeting at the Community Center was to provide results of two surveys.  One was mailed to each property owner on Beaver Island.  The other was emailed to an email list created by the Beaver Island Boat Company.  The third compilation of information was not part of either of these surveys, and was "based upon industry standards," which meant that it really had no input from anyone living on, visiting, or any other way related to Beaver Island.

View pictures of most of PP Slides HERE

The major presenter of the information.

Tim McQueer, BIBCO representative

View video of the presentation HERE




Municipal Marina North

September 29, 2021

This project completed by the Wollam Foundation and the St. James Township Board is completely amazing in that this marina has never looked better than it does now, nor has the functionality ever been any better.

View of the marinas from the point.

Fill dock and fuel pier

Dock viewed from fill dock

New boat trailer parking area

The park and picnic area

Big storage building

Public area and wood deck by restrooms and showers.

View a video walk about HERE

BIRHC Landscaping

September 29, 2021

There has been some very serious work of removing brush and scrap from the woods along Carlisle Road and the Kings Highway revealing the beautiful setting of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center.  Lots of work, but well worth the effort showing the great results.

View video of the walk along the roadway HERE

Public Restrooms

September 29, 2021

Another project of the St. James Township Board was to have the public restrooms spruced up with paint as well as other fixtures and improvements.  An excellent job was completed here, and the public restrooms actually look pretty darn nice with the planters and the paint as well as the picnic tables.

View a video walk through HERE

Loon Chick Fledgling

Although not technically all by itself, the loon chick on Barney's Lake is becoming more independent every single day.  On the 29th of September, it was all by itself out on the lake for two hours before the adult showed back up to check on it.


St. James Township Documents for September 2021

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, @ 5:30 p.m.

Beaver Island Thanks - Tony Miller







Thesis BI Renewable Energy Future

View video of the meeting HERE



B. I Airport Commission Special Meeting

September 30, 2021

A special meeting was called due to the increasing seriousness of the issue of the trees around the airport property with the majority of the issue related to the runway know as 27.  This is the most important runway since the majority of the winds at the airport are from the west.

View the documents regarding the tree issue must do work and the possible costs HERE

View video of meeting HERE

St James Township Campground

September 29, 2021

This township project seems to be on hold with the clearing of the trees completed, and the septic tank sitting on the back end of a truck.  The well has not been completed, and the work is behind schedule.

View video of the drive through HERE

A Great Lakes Jewell

Copyright 2007

This was a project of the Beaver Island Association. The video and pictures take us back to the times when John Works was the Peaine Supervisor, Don Vyse was the St. James Township Supervisor, and Bill Cashman was the Beaver Island Historical Society Director. It's great to see and hear these people, particularly those that are no longer with us. The kids are all grown up now. This is worth the time to watch the video.

View the video HERE

Diocese of Gaylord Response to Covid-19

August 28, 2021

Dear parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church,

Due to an increase in the spread of the delta variant of COVID 19 in the state of Michigan, the Diocese of Gaylord, per the suggested guidelines from the CDC, is recommending all parishioners, regardless of their vaccine status, wear a mask during all public gatherings. 

Leona Pease
Administrative Assistant
Holy Cross Catholic Church
P.O Box 145
Beaver Island, MI 49782

B. I. Community School Meetings

January 27, 2021

2021 Meetings Schedule

Committee of the Whole Mtg 2021


will hold its 2021 meetings on the following dates at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Airport

Feb 1st, April 19th, August 16th , and October 25th - 2021

BITA Meetings

for 2021-2022, will be held on the following dates

November 9, 2021
May 10, 2022
December 14, 2021
June 14, 2022
January 11, 2022
July 12, 2022
February 8, 2022
August 9, 2022
March 8, 2022
September 13, 2022
April 12, 2022
October 11, 2022

Weather by Joe

September 30, 2021

Good morning form Beaver Island! At 6:30 a.m., it is 45 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind at this time. The pressure is 30.17. It is partly cloudy with visibility at seven miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly cloudy with a high near 70 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the mid-50's. Winds will be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunshine and some clouds with a high near 70. Wind will be from the SW at 5 to 10 mph


The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, is commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
The Nautilus was constructed under the direction of U.S. Navy Captain Hyman G. Rickover, a brilliant Russian-born engineer who joined the U.S. atomic program in 1946. In 1947, he was put in charge of the navy’s nuclear-propulsion program and began work on an atomic submarine. Regarded as a fanatic by his detractors, Rickover succeeded in developing and delivering the world’s first nuclear submarine years ahead of schedule. In 1952, the Nautilus‘ keel was laid by President Harry S. Truman, and on January 21, 1954, first lady Mamie Eisenhower broke a bottle of champagne across its bow as it was launched into the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut. Commissioned on September 30, 1954, it first ran under nuclear power on the morning of January 17, 1955.
Much larger than the diesel-electric submarines that preceded it, the Nautilus stretched 319 feet and displaced 3,180 tons. It could remain submerged for almost unlimited periods because its atomic engine needed no air and only a very small quantity of nuclear fuel. The uranium-powered nuclear reactor produced steam that drove propulsion turbines, allowing the Nautilus to travel underwater at speeds in excess of 20 knots.
In its early years of service, the USS Nautilus broke numerous submarine travel records and in August 1958 accomplished the first voyage under the geographic North Pole. After a career spanning 25 years and almost 500,000 miles steamed, the Nautilus was decommissioned on March 3, 1980. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982, the world’s first nuclear submarine went on exhibit in 1986 as the Historic Ship Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum in Groton, Connecticut.


filial; adjective; (FIL-ee-ul)

What It Means

Filial means "of, relating to, or befitting a person's child."

// Margaret's sense of filial responsibility is only part of her motivation for carrying on her parents' business; she also loves the work.


"The text purports to be Geppetto's captivity journal…. He recounts the story of Pinocchio's creation and truancy; he records [that] he continues to make art, painting portraits of lost loves and fashioning filial surrogates—lifeless, alas—out of old hard tack and shards of crockery." — Bruce Handy, The New York Times, 14 Feb. 2021

Did You Know?

Filial comes from Latin filius, meaning "son," and filia, "daughter"; in English, it applies to any gender. The word has long carried the dutiful sense "owed to a parent by a child," as found in such phrases as "filial respect" and "filial piety." These days it can also be used more generally for any emotion or behavior of a child to a parent.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Weather by Joe

September 29, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! The temperature at 6:30 a.m. is 46 degrees. The humidity is at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 30.07. It is partly cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be mainly sunny with high near 70 degrees. Winds will be light and variable.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for clear skies with a low near 50 degrees with light and variable winds.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for sunny skies with a few clouds and with a high near 70 degrees. Winds will be from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.


The Babi Yar massacre of nearly 34,000 Jewish men, women and children begins on the outskirts of Kiev in the Nazi-occupied Ukraine.
The German army took Kiev on September 19, and special SS squads prepared to carry out Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s orders to exterminate all Jews and Soviet officials found there. Beginning on September 29, more than 30,000 Jews were marched in small groups to the Babi Yar ravine to the north of the city, ordered to strip naked, and then machine-gunned into the ravine. The massacre ended on September 30, and the dead and wounded alike were covered over with dirt and rock.
Between 1941 and 1943, thousands more Jews, Soviet officials and Russian prisoners of war were executed at the Babi Yar ravine in a similar manner. As the German armies retreated from the USSR, the Nazis attempted to hide evidence of the massacres by exhuming the bodies and burning them in large pyres. Numerous eyewitnesses and other evidence, however, attest to the atrocities at Babi Yar, which became a symbol of Jewish suffering in the Holocaust.


zest; noun; (ZEST)

What It Means

Zest means "keen enjoyment" or "an enjoyably exciting quality."

// The young couple has a zest for travel and adventure.

// The seasoning added zest to the otherwise bland dish.


"It has always seemed bizarre to me to start talking about the coming winter in August. But this is Jackson Hole, and the zest for snow never seems to end." — Jim Woodmencey, The Jackson Hole (Wyoming) News and Guide, 25 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?


Zest can spice up your life—fitting for a word that English acquired from the world of cooking. Zest comes from French zeste, the name for orange or lemon peel used to flavor food or drinks. English speakers adopted the French meaning and developed an additional one referring to any quality that adds enjoyment to something in the same way that the zest of an orange or lemon adds flavor to food.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Loons at Barney's Lake

September 28, 2021

The loons nested on Barney's Lake this year of 2021.  Their first nesting was not successful and no eggs hatched.  No reason for this is known.  The second nesting had two eggs.  One of those hatched.  This video is a collection of the pictures of this loon pair and this loon chick over the months of June through September.

View the video HERE

B. I. Christian Church October 2021 Newsletter

September 28, 2021

Welcome to the October 2021 Edition of the Beaver Island Christian Church Newsletter



October 3 – Pastor Josh Johnson
October 10 – Pastor Drew Filkins
October 17 – Pastor Gene Drenth
October 24 – Pastor Dan Johnson
October 31 – Pastor Lee Bracey

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63 : 8
FAITH STEP : Find a way to help someone today. Ask Jesus for wisdom to serve with high character and a great heart attitude.


Women’s Bible Study in the Sanctuary – Thursday 10 a.m.
Men’s Coffee – Thursdays at 8:30 - Dalwhinnie’s
Bingo Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15) 
October 6, 20 


Please send all announcements to be included in the Sunday bulletin by Thursday evening to beaverislandchristianchurch@gmail.com


The Annual Business meeting for members of the Beaver Island Christian Church was held after the worship service on Sunday, August 29.

At that meeting, three board members were elected. Bob Kuehne (one-year term), Tracy Pacquin (three-year term), Kathy Speck (three-year term).

Rick Speck presented the financials and it was approved that the checking account remain at Charlevoix State Bank.

Mary Ellen presented a summary of the Women’s Circle activities for the year, and Judi read the Moderator’s report (a copy of which will be added to the web site).

It was a good meeting with much discussion.  

Due to COVID, Bite of Beaver has been cancelled for 2021. 


Trunk or Treat is on – with COVID modifications.
Socially distanced tables will be set up outside the Gregg Center – first come / first served.
Hot dogs and chips will be provided by the Elks; cider will also be available outside.
It is the responsibility of all parents to ensure that your children socially distance.
Masks are encouraged.
Volunteers are needed for this event.  Please call Bev at 2530 if you can work that evening.


All of us at BICC are cookie people! 
We love our cookies, coffee, and fellowship following the Church service. 

Problem is, not enough of us are signing up to bring cookies and host the coffee fellowship. 

If you’ve thought about it, but weren’t sure what’s involved, please prayerfully consider assisting a
It’s a simple gesture that involves a minimal amount of time, and it’s a great way to meet your fellow Churchgoers.


Stay tuned for information on Cookie Carnival 2021.
Details to follow in the November newsletter.



Praise be to God that we have the opportunity to gather together in worship.

Our thoughts and prayers for the family of Joe Moore, Lil and Ruthie Gregg.

In this time of uncertainty, we lean to the Lord for encouragement, strength, and hope. 
Our faith and resolve are tested, and we all suffer in one way or another.

Remember your loved ones, neighbors, friends…and those whose paths we cross who are not yet our friends.  Turn your energy and your faith to them and minister in any way possible. 
We all have talents and resources to share.

Be kind, be patient, be the friend you wish others to be. 
Stay safe!

We will get through thistogether. 

As Pastor Bracey stated, “Don’t let anything steal your blessings.”


The bags contain a welcome letter, information on our Church, and other miscellaneous items (and feel free to add cookies or a baked gift).

This is a nice welcome package for newcomers.  Please see Judi or any member of the Board if you know of someone who you would like to welcome to our Church and the community. 


As you plan your annual giving, please prayerfully consider a donation to the Church Endowment Fund. 

We are simplifying the process by asking that you write your check directly to the church with “Endowment Fund” on the memo line. 

Please send directly to the Church, and Rick Speck will write one check for the combined donations.
Church address: 38215 Kenwabikise Ln, Beaver Island 49782


If you have usable food items (canned goods, etc.) and plan to leave your cottage for the winter, please consider donating them to the food pantry.

For additional information about the Church and current events click here:  bichristianchurch.com
We are now including bios for each visiting pastor on the church website.  If you click on a particular pastor’s name on their appointed Sunday, their bio (if available) will appear

View/download document HERE


September 28, 2021

Hello friends,

Did you hear about the two thieves that stole a calendar? I will have the answer at the end of this Beaver Island Commission on Aging update.

The Beaver Island COA has the Beaver Island Community School October meal order forms and menu available in the COA office. Clients also can print the photos attached to this post and return them to the COA office by 9 a.m. on the Thursday before the week a client would like to get a school lunch. That means the week of Oct. 4, 2021, I would need the meal orders returned by Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.

Bingo for the month of October begins on October 4, 2021. All September bingo cards with a Bingo must be returned by Thursday, September 30. If I am not in the office simply put your name and phone number on your Bingo card and use the COA drop box located on the outside of the COA entrance. I will then set up an appointment with Bingo winners to choose their prize from our prize closet. Thank you for playing.

I am sending birthday cards to COA clients that have their names published on the Beaver Island Community School calendar. Cards now have an insert to receive a free cookie from the COA office. If a client’s name is not on the BICS calendar clients can still receive a birthday cookie by stopping by the COA office during your birthday month.

Appointments are now available for the Medicare open enrollment with licensed and certified agents from Boehm and Tarrant on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13. Call 448-2124 to make an appointment.

There will be a Beaver Island Sunday dinner on October 17, 2021. This dinner as of right now is a Take home dinner, like our Easter meal. The meal is $6 per person for Commission on Aging clients. Clients must sign up in advance for the meal. All clients interested in the Spooky COA Dinner can call 448-2124 to reserve their meal. Tentative menu includes; juicy bat wings (AKA chicken wings) ghoulish green mac and cheese, ghostly bacon broccoli salad and mummified pumpkin dessert.

Joke: Did you hear about the two thieves that stole a calendar? Answer: They each got 6 months.

Grace and peace be with you,

Lonnie Allen
Site Coordinator, Beaver Island COA
Charlevoix County Beaver Island
Building coordinator/Maintenance assistant
(231) 448-2124

Weather by Joe

September 28, 2021

Good morning from Charlevoix, Michigan! A quick trip over for warranty work on the car was needed, so this report is coming from the mainland, but it is still the Beaver Island weather report.

Right now at 7 a.m. at the Beaver Island Township Airport, it is 43 degrees with clear skies and no wind. Humidity is at 99%. The pressure is 30.02 and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be sunny with the high in the mid-60's with light and variable winds.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for mainly clear skies with a low near 50 degrees. Winds will continue to be light and variable.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for continuing sunny skies with a high near 70. Winds will continue to be light and variable.


Claiming his right to the English throne, William, duke of Normandy, invades England at Pevensey on Britain’s southeast coast. His subsequent defeat of King Harold II at the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of a new era in British history.
William was the illegitimate son of Robert I, duke of Normandy, by his concubine Arlette, a tanner’s daughter from the town of Falaise. The duke, who had no other sons, designated William his heir, and with his death in 1035 William became duke of Normandy at age seven. Rebellions were epidemic during the early years of his reign, and on several occasions the young duke narrowly escaped death. Many of his advisers did not. By the time he was 20, William had become an able ruler and was backed by King Henry I of France. Henry later turned against him, but William survived the opposition and in 1063 expanded the borders of his duchy into the region of Maine.
In 1051, William is believed to have visited England and met with his cousin Edward the Confessor, the childless English king. According to Norman historians, Edward promised to make William his heir. On his deathbed, however, Edward granted the kingdom to Harold Godwinson, head of the leading noble family in England and more powerful than the king himself.
In January 1066, King Edward died, and Harold Godwinson was proclaimed King Harold II. William immediately disputed his claim. In addition, King Harald III Hardraade of Norway had designs on England, as did Tostig, brother of Harold. King Harold rallied his forces for an expected invasion by William, but Tostig launched a series of raids instead, forcing the king to leave the English Channel unprotected. In September, Tostig joined forces with King Harald III and invaded England from Scotland. On September 25, Harold met them at Stamford Bridge and defeated and killed them both. Three days later, William landed in England at Pevensey.
With approximately 7,000 troops and cavalry, William seized Pevensey and marched to Hastings, where he paused to organize his forces. On October 13, Harold arrived near Hastings with his army, and the next day William led his forces out to give battle. At the end of a bloody, all-day battle, King Harold II was killed—shot in the eye with an arrow, according to legend—and his forces were defeated.
William then marched on London and received the city’s submission. On Christmas Day, 1066, William the Conqueror was crowned the first Norman king of England, in Westminster Abbey, and the Anglo-Saxon phase of English history came to an end. French became the language of the king’s court and gradually blended with the Anglo-Saxon tongue to give birth to modern English. William I proved an effective king of England, and the “Domesday Book,” a great census of the lands and people of England, was among his notable achievements. Upon the death of William I in 1087, his son, William Rufus, became William II, the second Norman king of England.


parlay; verb; (PAHR-lay)

What It Means

Parlay means "to turn (something) into something of greater value."

// The young actor parlayed his popularity as a teen heartthrob into a successful film career.


"Since his pro debut in 1995, [Manny Pacquiao] has won world titles in a record eight weight classes and parlayed boxing fame into political clout." — Morgan Campbell, The New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

In gambling, parlay is used for a series of bets in which a person places a bet, then puts the original stake of money and all of its winnings on new wagers. The noun comes from the French name for such bets: paroli. Be careful not to mix up the verb parlay with the similar word parley, meaning "to speak with another or to confer."

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BIAC Special Meeting

Thursday, 9/30/21 at 12 p.m. at Beaver Island Airport 

View agenda and meeting notice HERE

BI COA Bingo Numbers

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for September 27-30, 2021

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.

Weather by Joe

September 28, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6:45 a.m., it is 58 degrees with no wind. The humidity is 99%. The pressure is 29.68. We received one tenth of an inch of rain yesterday. It is cloudy out there, but visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. The high will be in the upper 60's. Winds will be from the NE at 5 to 10 mph.

TONIGHT it is forecast for mostly clear skies. The low will be in the upper 40's. Winds will be from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for a sunny day with a high in the upper 60's. Winds will be light and variable.


In Rome, the Society of Jesus—a Roman Catholic missionary organization—receives its charter from Pope Paul III. The Jesuit order played an important role in the Counter-Reformation and eventually succeeded in converting millions around the world to Catholicism.
The Jesuit movement was founded by Ignatius de Loyola, a Spanish soldier turned priest, in August 1534. The first Jesuits–Ignatius and six of his students–took vows of poverty and chastity and made plans to work for the conversion of Muslims. If travel to the Holy Land was not possible, they vowed to offer themselves to the pope for apostolic work. Unable to travel to Jerusalem because of the Turkish wars, they went to Rome instead to meet with the pope and request permission to form a new religious order. In September 1540, Pope Paul III approved Ignatius’ outline of the Society of Jesus, and the Jesuit order was born.
Under Ignatius’ charismatic leadership, the Society of Jesus grew quickly. Jesuit missionaries played a leading role in the Counter-Reformation and won back many of the European faithful who had been lost to Protestantism. In Ignatius’ lifetime, Jesuits were also dispatched to India, Brazil, the Congo region, and Ethiopia. Education was of utmost importance to the Jesuits, and in Rome Ignatius founded the Roman College (later called the Gregorian University) and the Germanicum, a school for German priests. The Jesuits also ran several charitable organizations, such as one for former prostitutes and one for converted Jews. When Ignatius de Loyola died in July 1556, there were more than 1,000 Jesuit priests.
During the next century, the Jesuits set up ministries around the globe. The “Black-Robes,” as they were known in Native America, often preceded other Europeans in their infiltration of foreign lands and societies. The life of a Jesuit was one of immense risk, and thousands of priests were persecuted or killed by foreign authorities hostile to their mission of conversion. However, in some nations, such as India and China, the Jesuits were welcomed as men of wisdom and science.
With the rise of nationalism in the 18th century, most European countries suppressed the Jesuits, and in 1773 Pope Clement XIV dissolved the order under pressure from the Bourbon monarchs. However, in 1814, Pope Pius VII gave in to popular demand and reestablished the Jesuits as an order, and they continue their missionary work to this day. Ignatius de Loyola was canonized a Catholic saint in 1622.


misbegotten; adjective; (miss-bih-GAH-tun)

What It Means

Misbegotten means "ill-conceived." It can also mean "having an improper origin."

// The celebrity's misbegotten tweet went viral.
// The university's Board of Trustees rejected the misbegotten plan for building a new football stadium.

"… one of those misbegotten oddities that cheats you out of the film you imagine you'll be getting from its opening 10 minutes...." — Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph (London), 6 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

In the beginning, there was begietan, and begietan begot beyeten; then in the days of Middle English beyeten begot begeten. All of the Old English and Middle English ancestors above basically meant the same thing as the modern beget—that is, "to father" or "to produce as an effect or outgrowth." That linguistic line with the prefix mis- (meaning "wrongly" or "badly") brought forth misbegotten.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Weekend Church Services

September 26, 2021

The two church services today, one from the Beaver Island Christian Church and the other from Holy Cross Catholic Church, were live streamed.  Eighteen unique IP addresses viewed the services today, down quite a bit from last weekend.  The services were also recorded for posting and being made available on a couple of other places as well as this website.

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

Excellent music and announcements

The readers

The pastor

View video of this Christian Church Service HERE

Mass from Holy Cross Catholic Church

Interesting lighting

Celebrant Father Peter Wigton and Reader Ann Partridge

View video of the mass HERE

Winter Ice Dives

by Dick Burris

Winter ice dives;
One time in the winter, Dave Gladish and I decided that we needed a project to occupy some of the winter doldrums. So we loaded spuds, and chain saws into the van, for making a hole in the harbor ice.

The ice was about sixteen inches thick, and the plan was for a winter ice dive, so we loosened the chain on the chainsaw, to ready it for cutting the square hole in the ice. The chain had to be loosened to allow for shrinkage of the chain, as it came in contact with the cold water underneath of the ice. Most of the sawing was done just above the water, as to lessen the wet mess that would be created by going deep all around the 4'x4' hole in the ice.

We made the cut, and the ice block rose up in the hole.

That block of ice would weigh over 1/2 ton; so we decided to slide it back under the ice; which was easy after one side was pushed under the surrounding ice.
We had several feet of rope and a 4'x4' piece of plywood to use for our project.

I donned my drysuit, and tied one end of the long rope around my waist; and I may (as usual) fixed the other end to something on the surface that wouldn't end up in the lake.

Before I submerged, I told Dave that he was to slide the 2'x4 along the top surface of the ice toward the sound that I would make at the chosen time, and place; (when I wanted to be rescued)

I would then swim away, and after a few feet, change direction; so that he wouldn't know exactly which way I'd gone.

At a selected spot, I would back my tank to the ice, and tap the tank steadily with my knife, until I could see the shadow of the board, on the surface coming toward me. When it was close I would stop striking the tank; that was his clue to slide it slowly toward the exit hole in the ice.

WE did this three times that day; and it worked well.

There are a few other ways to guide a diver below the ice, should one lose their safety line. Most are surface markings, and designs made on the ice above, which can sometimes be confusing. Although the line is tied around my waist, my one hand never lets go of the rope!

Weather by Joe

September 26, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 51 degrees with humidity at 99%. Wind is from the E at 1 mph. The pressure is 29.77. The 20% chance of rain last night gave us one-third of an inch of rain with lightning and thunder. That forecast was off a little bit. It's cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to have showers early with cloudy skies in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 70%. The high will be in the upper 60's. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the low 50's. Winds will be from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for considerable clouds early with clearing in the afternoon. The high will be in the upper 60's. Winds will switch to the NE at 5 to 10 mph.


On September 26, 1944, Operation Market Garden, a plan to seize bridges in the Dutch town of Arnhem, fails, as thousands of British and Polish troops are killed, wounded, or taken prisoner.
British Gen. Bernard Montgomery conceived an operation to take control of bridges that crossed the Rhine River, from the Netherlands into Germany, as a strategy to make “a powerful full-blooded thrust to the heart of Germany.” The plan seemed cursed from the beginning. It was launched on September 17, with parachute troops and gliders landing in Arnhem. Holding out as long as they could, waiting for reinforcements, they were compelled to surrender. Unfortunately, a similar drop of equipment was delayed, and there were errors in locating the proper drop location and bad intelligence on German troop strength. Added to this, bad weather and communication confused the coordination of the Allied troops on the ground.
The Germans quickly destroyed the railroad bridge and took control of the southern end of the road bridge. The Allies struggled to control the northern end of the road bridge, but soon lost it to the superior German forces. The only thing left was retreat-back behind Allied lines. But few made it: Of more than 10,000 British and Polish troops engaged at Arnhem, only 2,900 escaped.
Claims were made after the fact that a Dutch Resistance fighter, Christiaan Lindemans, betrayed the Allies, which would explain why the Germans were arrayed in such numbers at such strategic points. A conservative member of the British Parliament, Rupert Allason, writing under the named Nigel West, dismissed this conclusion in his A Thread of Deceit, arguing that Lindemans, while a double agent, “was never in a position to betray Arnhem.”
Winston Churchill would lionize the courage of the fallen Allied soldiers with the epitaph “Not in vain.” Arnhem was finally liberated on April 15, 1945.


dedication; noun; (ded-ih-KAY-shun)

What It Means

Dedication means "devotion or loyalty to a person or cause."
// With great dedication, the scientists worked to perfect the vaccine.

// At his retirement party, his boss said a few words about Tom's dedication and commitment to the company.


"President Steven Eggland, PhD, named the foundation in honor of his Norwegian immigrant heritage and the family's longtime dedication to charitable acts and modest philanthropy." — The Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star, 26 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Dedication goes back to the 14th century in which it referred to the solemn act of dedicating something, such as a calendar day or a church, to a deity or to a sacred use. Centuries later, it came to be used for the act of devoting time and energy to a particular purpose. Nowadays, dedication commonly indicates the quality of being loyal or devoted to a cause, ideal, or purpose.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

BICS Soccer and Volleyball

September 24 + 25, 2021

Mr Richards introduces the senior soccer team members who lead the Pledge of Allegiance

Friday night soccer viewers

The Mackinac Island Lakers and the Lady Lakers came to the island for the first homegame in what seems like a long time, due, of course, to the COVID pandemic.  It was great to have the Islanders and Lady Islanders finally have a Northern Lights League game with a competitive team.

The order of the games was similar to past homegames here on the island.  The Friday soccer match began around 5 p.m., followed by volleyball in the gym.  Then the Saturday games started with volleyball in the gym moving outside to the soccer field after those games were over.

To summarize the weekend's games is simple.  The games were very close thoroughout the weekend.  The Lady Lakers were victorious in close games.  The Lakes won the soccer game on Friday, but there were some really uncalled "off-sides" which resulted in goals for the Lakers.  The game on Saturday was much closer when the player for the Lakers was called for "off-sides" and the match was a tie.  All in all, the weekend showed the Islanders and the Lady Islanders that they are competitive and quite good at the games that they are playing. 

View video of Friday's soccer game HERE

View pictures of the Friday soccer game HERE

View video of Friday's volleyball games HERE

View pictures from Friday volleyball games HERE

View video of Saturday's volleyball games HERE

View lots of volleyball Saturday pictures HERE

View video of Saturday's soccer game HERE

View a few soccer pictures from Saturday HERE

Weather by Joe

September 25, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 6:45 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 52 degrees with 92% humidity. The wind is from the NW at 2 mph. The pressure is 29.74. There has been on tenth of an inch or rain so far. It is partly cloudy with visibility of ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be a mix of clouds and sun with a slight chance of rain. The high will be in the lower 60's with wind from the W at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with more clouds overnight. There is a slight chance of a rain shower. The low will be in the lower 50's. The wind will be from the W at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for overcast skies with a high in upper 60's. Winds will be from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

The chance of rain is under 20% for all three periods of time.


The first Congress of the United States approves 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and sends them to the states for ratification. The amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were designed to protect the basic rights of U.S. citizens, guaranteeing the freedom of speech, press, assembly, and exercise of religion; the right to fair legal procedure and to bear arms; and that powers not delegated to the federal government were reserved for the states and the people.
Influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689, the Bill of Rights was also drawn from Virginia’s Declaration of Rights, drafted by George Mason in 1776. Mason, a native Virginian, was a lifelong champion of individual liberties, and in 1787 he attended the Constitutional Convention and criticized the final document for lacking constitutional protection of basic political rights. In the ratification process that followed, Mason and other critics agreed to approve the Constitution in exchange for the assurance that amendments would immediately be adopted.
In December 1791, Virginia became the 10th of 14 states to approve 10 of the 12 amendments, thus giving the Bill of Rights the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it legal. Of the two amendments not ratified, the first concerned the population system of representation, while the second prohibited laws varying the payment of congressional members from taking effect until an election intervened. The first of these two amendments was never ratified, while the second was finally ratified more than 200 years later, in 1992.


obtuse, adjective; (ahb-TOOSS)

What It Means

Obtuse means "difficult to understand" or "unable to understand what is obvious."

// The attorney explained the obtuse language in the contract to her client.

// Maybe I am being obtuse, but I didn't understand the end of the movie.


"There are speeches and flags and somewhat obtuse artistic presentations, then at or near the end, the Olympic flame enters the stadium and is delivered to a cauldron … to burn for the next 16 days." — Brandon Veale, The Duluth (Minnesota) News-Tribune, 23 July 2021

Did You Know?

Obtuse comes from a Latin word meaning "dull" or "blunt." It can describe a geometric angle that is not acute or a person who is mentally "dull." In addition, obtuse can mean "hard to comprehend." That meaning is probably from confusion with the similar-sounding abstruse.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Junk Metal and Cars to Leave the Island

September 24, 2021

The metal and car crusher brought to Beaver Island with the financial support of St. James and Peaine Townships has done its job.  The barge has been loaded with just some of the metal that was crushed and is awaiting the weather for transport across using the Ruby Anne tug. Here are some pictures of the metal that has been loaded on the barge.

BIRHC Board Special Meeting

Tuesday September 28, 2021, at 5:30pm at the Peaine Township Hall

BIRHC 9 16 2021 Quarterly Meeting Minutes

birhc special meeting notice and agenda 9 28 2021

Weather by Joe

September 24, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 49 degrees with humidity at 99%. There is no wind. The pressure is 29.74. We have received one-tenth of an inch of rain so far. It is cloudy with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected for a mix of clouds and sun. The high will be near 70 degrees. Wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for rain. Chance of rain is 90%. The wind will be from the SW at 10 to 20 mph. The low temperature will be in the low 50's.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a 20% chance of rain. The high will be in the low 60's. Wind will be from the W at 10 to 20 mph


The Judiciary Act of 1789 is passed by Congress and signed by President George Washington, establishing the Supreme Court of the United States as a tribunal made up of six justices who were to serve on the court until death or retirement. That day, President Washington nominated John Jay to preside as chief justice, and John Rutledge, William Cushing, John Blair, Robert Harrison and James Wilson to be associate justices. On September 26, all six appointments were confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. Supreme Court was established by Article 3 of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution granted the Supreme Court ultimate jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which their constitutionality was at issue. The high court was also designated to oversee cases concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice and maritime jurisdiction. On February 1, 1790, the first session of the U.S. Supreme Court was held in New York City’s Royal Exchange Building.
The U.S. Supreme Court grew into the most important judicial body in the world in terms of its central place in the American political order. According to the Constitution, the size of the court is set by Congress, and the number of justices varied during the 19th century before stabilizing in 1869 at nine. This number, however, can be changed at any time by Congress. In times of constitutional crisis, the nation’s highest court has always played a definitive role in resolving, for better or worse, the great issues of the time.


hobnob; verb; (HAHB-nahb)

What It Means

Hobnob means "to come or be together as friends."
// Local business owners hobnobbed at the fundraiser.

// The entertainment columnist learns about the latest gossip by hobnobbing with celebrities.


"Does declaring affection for Tanglewood, the iconic venue in the Berkshires, make me seem like a self-important muckety-muck eager to hobnob with elites from Boston and Manhattan? Well, so be it." — Chris Churchill, The Times-Union (Albany, New York), 25 July 2021

Did You Know?

In William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Sir Toby Belch warned Viola (who was disguised as a man) that Sir Andrew wanted to duel. "Hob, nob is his word," said Sir Toby, using "hob, nob" to mean something like "hit or miss." Sir Toby's term is probably an alteration of "hab nab," a phrase that meant "to have or not have, however it may turn out." After Shakespeare's day, hob and nob was used in the phrases "to drink hob or nob" and "to drink hobnob," which meant "to drink alternately to each other." Since "drinking hobnob" was generally done among friends, hobnob came to refer to congenial social interaction.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Special Peaine Township Board Meeting

September 23, 2021, at 4 p.m.

View the agenda HERE

View the packet HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

St James Public Works Committee Minutes

September 15, 2021

View minutes HERE

Weather by Joe

September 23, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! AT 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 50 degrees with humidity at 82%. The wind is from the SW at 3 mph. The pressure is 29.88. It is clear with visibility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be rainy with 100% chance of rain. The high will be in the mid-50's. Winds will be from the NNE at15 to 25 mph. Expected rainfall will be near a half inch.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for cloudy skies with possible rain showers given as a 50% chance. The low will be in the upper 40's. The wind will be from the N at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with 20% chance of showers. The high will be in the upper 60's. The wind will be from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph


German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovers the planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory.
Neptune, generally the eighth planet from the sun, was postulated by the French astronomer Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier, who calculated the approximate location of the planet by studying gravity-induced disturbances in the motions of Uranus. On September 23, 1846, Le Verrier informed Galle of his findings, and the same night Galle and his assistant Heinrich Louis d’Arrest identified Neptune at their observatory in Berlin. Noting its movement relative to background stars over 24 hours confirmed that it was a planet.
The blue gas giant, which has a diameter four times that of Earth, was named for the Roman god of the sea. It has eight known moons, of which Triton is the largest, and a ring system containing three bright and two dim rings. It completes an orbit of the sun once every 165 years. In 1989, the U.S. planetary spacecraft Voyager 2 was the first human spacecraft to visit Neptune.


chastise; verb; (chass-TYZE)

What It Mean

Chastise means "to criticize (someone) harshly for doing something wrong."

// The boss eventually had to chastise certain employees for being consistently late.


"I used to chastise people for not working as efficiently as the WWE. … I was judgmental and I was apprehensive and I wanted to be back in the ring because I loved that immediate gratification." — John Cena, quoted in USA Today, 5 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

There are many words to express the infliction of a penalty in return for wrongdoing—for example, chastise, castigate, chasten, correct, discipline, and punish. Of these, chastise, chasten, and castigate share similar origins as well as similar meanings. Chastise developed as an altered form of chasten, which comes from the Anglo-French chastier, which has its roots in the Latin verb castigare, which also gave English the word castigate.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

16th Annual Lake Association Summit 09/22/2021

This Zoom meeting took place this morning beginning at 9 a.m. There was lots of information presented by some very good presenters, and this program was also live streamed on Beaver Island TV.  The information may or may not be interesting to individuals on Beaver Island, but this editor found the information quite valuable.

View video of the summit HERE

Weather by Joe

September 22, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 53 degrees with win from the W at 4 mph. The humidity is 85%. The pressure is 30.11. Yesterday, we got just under three-quarters of an inch of rain. It is partly cloudy and visibility is ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be partly to mainly cloudy with a 15% chance of showers. The high will be in the low 60's. The wind will be from the NNE at 10 to 20 mph.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for partly cloudy skies with a low in the high 40's. The wind will continue to be 10 to 20 mph from the NNE.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with periods of rain later in the day. Chance of rain is 90%. The high will be in the upper 50's. Winds will continue from the NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Expected rainfall is a quarter of an inch.


On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million enslaved in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, shortly after Lincoln’s inauguration as America’s 16th president, he maintained that the war was about restoring the Union and not about slavery. He avoided issuing an anti-slavery proclamation immediately, despite the urgings of abolitionists and radical Republicans, as well as his personal belief that slavery was morally repugnant. Instead, Lincoln chose to move cautiously until he could gain wide support from the public for such a measure.
In July 1862, Lincoln informed his cabinet that he would issue an emancipation proclamation but that it would exempt the so-called border states, which had slaveholders but remained loyal to the Union. His cabinet persuaded him not to make the announcement until after a Union victory. Lincoln’s opportunity came following the Union win at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. On September 22, the president announced that enslaved people in areas still in rebellion within 100 days would be free.
On January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebel states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The proclamation also called for the recruitment and establishment of Black military units among the Union forces. An estimated 180,000 African Americans went on to serve in the army, while another 18,000 served in the navy.
After the Emancipation Proclamation, backing the Confederacy was seen as favoring slavery. It became impossible for anti-slavery nations such as Great Britain and France, who had been friendly to the Confederacy, to get involved on behalf of the South. The proclamation also unified and strengthened Lincoln’s party, the Republicans, helping them stay in power for the next two decades.
The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America (although blacks would face another century of struggle before they truly began to gain equal rights).
Lincoln’s handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.


inchoate; adjective; (in-KOH-ut)

What It Means

Inchoate means "imperfectly formed or formulated."

// In the podcast, the author described the process by which she took a series of inchoate vignettes and shaped them into her best-selling novel.


"Petrifying sights and sounds haunt her nights and inchoate shadows hover around her." — Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

Inchoate comes from inchoare, which means "to start work on" in Latin but translates literally as "to hitch up" (inchoare combines the prefix in- with the Latin noun cohum, which refers to the strap that secures a plow beam to a draft animal's yoke). The concept of this initial step toward the larger task of plowing a field explains how inchoate came to describe something (as a plan or idea) in its early, not fully formed, stages of development.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Northern Lake Michigan Islands Collaborative

October 14-15, 2021,  1 p.m.
Peaine Township Hall, Beaver Island

View the agenda HERE

B. I. Waste Management Committee

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM


Minutes of previous meeting

View the packet for this meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Bite of Beaver Canceled but Not Completely

Although Bite of Beaver has been canceled for this year, the AMVETS Post 46 will still be doing a soup tent on October 2, 2021 beginning at 1pm until all the soups have been consumed. There will be a selection of delicious soups to try. The AMVETS are asking for a free-will donation. The tent will be set up in the park area across from McDonough's Market. Please be generous in this delightful, autumnal fund raising activity. THANK YOU for your support!

Transfer Station Has Own Website

September 21, 2021

If you are looking for information about the Beaver Island Waste Management Committee or the Beaver Island Transfer Station including documents and minutes, you can view these on the Beaver Island Transfer Station website:


If looking for documents, etc, please click on the "Board Info" link.

Land Rover Update

September 21, 2021

After all your support in voting daily for the Beaver Island Association in the Land Rover video competition, it is now time to hopefully reap the reward for all the labor. Land Rover is announcing the winner of the competition next Tuesday. Come help us to celebrate at the Land Rover Award Ceremony . Even if we do not win a Land Rover, it looks like we will be receiving a $3000 grant from a foundation that was so impressed by our video, they asked us to submit grant request. Thank you French Foundation!

DATE : September 28 TIME : 3:00pm - 3:30pm LOCATION: Beaver Island Community Center 26215 Main Street, Beaver Island, MI, 49782


Write to Bob Sramek


September 21, 2021

Hello friends,
Did you here the joke about the roof? I would tell you, but it tends to go over people's heads. 🤪
The winning continues in September at the Charlevoix County Beaver Island Commission on Aging. Our at home social distance month long Bingo game has already awarded three people with multiple prizes. Congratulations to Gary and Tina Morgan who picked up their prizes last week from our prize closet.
Congratulations to Joe Moore, who is the most recent Commission on Aging Bingo winner for the month of September. Joe chose to trade up his prize from the prize closet and take his chance against the Whammies hidden inside of the 4 secret envelopes. Joe’s decision won him a $25 cash prize. Congratulations Joe on your winnings.
There are plenty of days left in September to get a Bingo so keep listening for the Bingo numbers on WVBI or find them online at Beaver Island News on the Net. You can also find the latest Commission on Aging Bingo numbers at McDonough’s Market, the Community Center bulletin board, or at the COA office.


by Cindy Ricksgers


I recently had the privilege of conducting some research for the Maloney family and found a beautiful explanation of the roots of our culture here on Beaver Island written by Charles Allan O’Donnell.  Charles is a descendant of Patrick Maloney who had a farm at Font Lake in the area we now call Maloney’s Point.  The family gave me permission to share a portion of his writing and have combined it with things to consider when living on the island today.  O’Donnell’s words are in italics; the rest are mine.   –Sue Oole

            The Luck of the Irish.  Could there possibly be any validity to this declaration? Are the Irish really charmed?  Do the Irish have some gifted insight that they are not sharing with the world? It is something quite wonderful and it does exist.  But, much more important, this ‘luck’ is available to everyone.
            Many of the Irish in the USA and elsewhere are descended from people who survived the horrendous famine of the 1840s.  Their people knew first-hand about poverty, starvation, deprivation, and hopelessness.  These were conditions that really, really cause a people to pray; they had no other recourse. Along with depending on powers greater than themselves, the famine seems to have resulted in the Irish having a deep concern about suffering in the world.  And this concern and caring seems to have been passed on to those of Irish decent wherever they may be.

With the Irish being some of the first settlers on Beaver Island, their ways became the island ways and many Irish families still live on the island where aspects of the Irish culture continue to this day.  There is one rule of the road in Ireland that we practice on Beaver Island that many of our new residents and visitors refuse to follow—if someone waves at you, wave back.  We are friendly and you should be too!  If we come upon a stopped car, we stop to ask if everything is okay because we care for one another here.  We also care about our wildlife.  We don’t speed on our roads because they are also the domain of the animals God has put here.  Slow down!  Too many animals have been killed this summer by speeding cars.  Our beaches protect us by acting as a buffer against high winds and waves of powerful storms.  Please stop tearing up our beaches with your four-wheelers! The protection of the beaches allow many people to enjoy their homes that look out at Lake Michigan.

            So, prayer + compassion + action = good results or, in other words, The Luck of the Irish.  Living with trust in God and with a real caring for others to the point of generosity in both time and materials is the basis of the Beaver Island culture established by the Irish who came here almost 200 years ago.  On Beaver Island the words of the Irish Blessing do come true as the winds of life are often at your back and there are many days when we know that God is holding us in His hands.

Weather by Joe

September 21, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! At 7:15 a.m. on Carlisle Road, it is 66 degrees with wind from the E at 1 mph. It is raining. Humidity is at 99%. We've received three-quarters of an inch of rain overnight. The pressure is 29.71. It is cloudy with visibility just about four miles.

TODAY, it is expected to continue to be rainy this morning with cloudy skies this afternoon. Chance of rain is 100%. The wind will be from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. The high will be in the upper 60's.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for overcast skies with the high in the upper 40's. The wind will be from the N at 10 to 15 mph.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for considerable cloudiness. There is a 15% chance of rain showers. The high will be near 60 degrees. The wind will be from the NNE at 10 to 20 mph.


Without warning, a powerful Category 3 hurricane slams into Long Island and southern New England, causing 600 deaths and devastating coastal cities and towns. Also called the Long Island Express, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th century.
The officially unnamed hurricane was born out a tropical cyclone that developed in the eastern Atlantic on September 10, 1938, near the Cape Verde Islands. Six days later, the captain of a Brazilian freighter sighted the storm northeast of Puerto Rico and radioed a warning to the U.S. Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service). It was expected that the storm would make landfall in south Florida, and hurricane-experienced coastal citizens stocked up on supplies and boarded up their homes. On September 19, however, the storm suddenly changed direction and began moving north, parallel to the eastern seaboard.
Charlie Pierce, a junior forecaster in the U.S. Weather Bureau, was sure that the hurricane was heading for the Northeast, but the chief forecaster overruled him. It had been well over a century since New England had been hit by a substantial hurricane, and few believed it could happen again. Hurricanes rarely persist after encountering the cold waters of the North Atlantic. However, this hurricane was moving north at an unusually rapid pace—more than 60 mph—and was following a track over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.
With Europe on the brink of war over the worsening Sudetenland crisis, little media attention was given to the powerful hurricane at sea. There was no advanced meteorological technology, such as radar, radio buoys, or satellite imagery, to warn of the hurricane’s approach. By the time the U.S. Weather Bureau learned that the Category 3 storm was on a collision course with Long Island on the afternoon of September 21, it was too late for a warning.
Along the south shore of Long Island, the sky began to darken and the wind picked up. Fishermen and boaters were at sea, and summer residents enjoying the end of the season were in their beachfront homes. Around 2:30 p.m., the full force of the hurricane made landfall, unfortunately around high tide. Surges of ocean water and waves 40 feet tall swallowed up coastal homes. At Westhampton, which lay directly in the path of the storm, 150 beach homes were destroyed, about a third of which were pulled into the swelling ocean. Winds exceeded 100 mph. Inland, people were drowned in flooding, killed by uprooted trees and falling debris, and electrocuted by downed electrical lines.
At 4 p.m., the center of the hurricane crossed the Long Island Sound and reached Connecticut. Rivers swollen by a week of steady rain spilled over and washed away roadways. In New London, a short circuit in a flooded building started a fire that was fanned by the 100 mph winds into an inferno. Much of the business district was consumed.
The hurricane gained intensity as it passed into Rhode Island. Winds in excess of 120 mph caused a storm surge of 12 to 15 feet in Narragansett Bay, destroying coastal homes and entire fleets of boats at yacht clubs and marinas. The waters of the bay surged into Providence harbor around 5 p.m., rapidly submerging the downtown area of Rhode Island’s capital under more than 13 feet of water. Many people were swept away.
The hurricane then raced northward across Massachusetts, gaining speed again and causing great flooding. In Milton, south of Boston, the Blue Hill Observatory recorded one of the highest wind gusts in history, an astounding 186 mph. Boston was hit hard, and “Old Ironsides”—the historic ship U.S.S. Constitution—was torn from its moorings in Boston Navy Yard and suffered slight damage. Hundreds of other ships were not so lucky.
The hurricane lost intensity as it passed over northern New England, but by the time the storm reached Canada around 11 p.m. it was still powerful enough to cause widespread damage. The Great New England Hurricane finally dissipated over Canada that night.
All told, 700 people were killed by the hurricane, 600 of them in Long Island and southern New England. Some 700 people were injured. Nearly 9,000 homes and buildings were destroyed, and 15,000 damaged. Nearly 3,000 ships were sunk or wrecked. Power lines were downed across the region, causing widespread blackouts. Innumerable trees were felled, and 12 new inlets were created on Long Island. Railroads were destroyed and farms were obliterated. Total damages were $306 million, which equals $18 billion in today’s dollars.


flehman; noun; (FLAY-mun)

What It Means

Flehmen is a mammalian behavior (as of horses or cats) in which the animal inhales with the mouth open and upper lip curled. This is done to expose the nose to a scent.

// The vet explained that what appeared to be a display of anger in the cat was called flehmen.


"Flehmen, sometimes also called the Flehmen response or the Flehmen reaction, is actually a way of smelling or scenting the air. It's not peculiar to horses: other ungulates exhibit the response, as well as cats, elephants, and bats. Lifting the upper lip gives them access to the vomeronasal organ on the roof of their mouth, which contains chemoreceptors that help them find mates and investigate other smells in their environment." — The McClusky (North Dakota) Gazette, 10 Sept. 2020

Did You Know?

Flehmen comes from German, in which the word applies to animals and means "to curl the upper lip." The German source of the English word is a verb, and it is used, infrequently, as such, as in "the horse flehmened." More often, the English verb form is a gerund: "the horse's flehmening." Flehmen is sometimes capitalized in English because German nouns are capitalized; however, the English word tends to be lowercase.

(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Gull Harbor Has More Than Gulls

September 20, 2021

After an average of 1.5 trips to Gull Harbor daily through the months of June through September 19th, no shorebirds were seen.  Just a lot of ducks and lots of seaguls.  I assume that's why it is called Gull Harbor. Well, today, for the first time in months, a heron was seen out at Gull Harbor.  It was just standing there until the car door opened to try to get a picture.

Apparently the noise of the car door opening caused the heron to be frightened and off into the air it flew, first heading high up in the air and then back toward the harbor area.

Church Services 9/19/2021

September 20, 2021

Mass from Holy Cross

Father Peter Wigton, celebrant, and Sally Stebbins, reader

View video of the Mass HERE

Beaver Island Christian Church Service

Judi Meister

Lay Minister

The readers

View video of the service HERE

BI COA Bingo

September 20, 2021

Beaver Island Commission on Aging Bingo numbers for September 20-26, 2021

  • B: 11
  • I: 20
  • I: 24
  • N: 36
  • N: 41
  • G: 47
  • O: 62
  • O: 63
  • O: 67
  • O: 71 

Good luck to all COA BINGO participants. Your card is good for the entire month. Play until you win. Great prizes will be rewarded to each BINGO winner throughout the month of September. All Bingo winners will choose a prize from our Prize closet or Prize drawer. Bingo winners can choose to trade in the Prize Closet or Prize drawer to pick one of three secret envelopes for cash prizes or end up with a zonk/losing envelope. Let’s have some game show fun. Pick up your monthly Bingo Card at the COA office.

Weather by Joe

September 20, 2021

Good morning from Beaver Island! Here on Carlisle Road at 7:15 a.m., it is 67 degrees with wind from the S at 3 mph. The humidity is 91% with the pressure at 29.90. It is partly cloudy with visbility at ten miles.

TODAY, it is expected to be increasing cloudiness with showers later in the day, possibly a thunderstorm. The chance of rain is 70%. The wind will be from the S at 5 to 10 mph. It'll be a warm one with the high getting near 80.

TONIGHT, it is forecast for a few showers and developing thundershowers overnight. Chance of rain is 100%. The low will be near 60 degrees. The wind will continue from the S and increase to 10 to 20 mph. The low will be near 60 degrees.

TOMORROW, it is forecast for cloudy skies with showers possible. Chance of rain is given as 90%. The high will be in the mid-60's. The wind will switch to the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.


On the evening of September 20, 1777, near Paoli, Pennsylvania, General Charles Grey and nearly 5,000 British soldiers launch a surprise attack on a small regiment of Patriot troops commanded by General Anthony Wayne in what becomes known as the Paoli Massacre. Not wanting to lose the element of surprise, Grey ordered his troops to empty their muskets and to use only bayonets or swords to attack the sleeping Americans under the cover of darkness.
With the help of a Loyalist spy who provided a secret password and led them to the camp, General Grey and the British launched the successful attack on the unsuspecting men of the Pennsylvania regiment, stabbing them to death as they slept. It was also alleged that the British soldiers took no prisoners during the attack, stabbing or setting fire to those who tried to surrender. Before it was over, nearly 200 Americans were killed or wounded. The Paoli Massacre became a rallying cry for the Americans against British atrocities for the rest of the Revolutionary War.
Less than two years later, Wayne became known as “Mad Anthony” for his bravery leading an impressive Patriot assault on British cliff-side fortifications at Stony Point on the Hudson River, 12 miles from West Point. Like Grey’s attack at Paoli, Wayne’s men only used bayonets in the 30-minute night attack, which resulted in 94 dead and 472 captured British soldiers.


collude; verb; (kuh-LOOD)

What It Means

Collude means "to conspire or plot."

// The two companies had colluded to keep prices high.


"Seven … maintenance managers were federally charged … with bilking the transit agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by colluding with vendors to charge for goods that were never provided and pocketing the proceeds." — Thomas Fitzgerald and Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 12 Aug. 2021

Did You Know?

The Latin prefix col-, meaning "together," and the verb ludere, "to play," come together to form collude. The related noun collusion has the specific meaning "secret agreement or cooperation." Despite their playful history, collude and collusion have always suggested deceit or trickery rather than good-natured fun.
(from Merriam Webster and history dot com)

Beach Clean-up Successful

September 18, 2021

This year's Beach Cleanup was very successful. Thanks to all the volunteers who made that possible!

Sharon Henry-Warren - Little Sand Bay
Robin Thompson - South French Bay (end of Andy's Trail)/Greene's Bay North & South/Beaver Head Lighthouse (1mile East)
Richards Crew & Sawyer - French Bay
Beth Dodge - McCauley Point to Donegal
Marta & Addy Stien - Back Beach
Jay Hoorn - Back Beach
Tracy & Dave Case - Beaver Head Lighthouse(heading East)
David Hill - McCauley's Point to Donegal/McCauley's Point to Bonner's Landing
Laura Green - McCauley's Point to Bonner's Landing
Nicole Olson - McCauley's Point to Bonner's Landing
Sue and Chris Screven - Donegal Bay
Emily Ruddell - Donegal Bay
Lisa and Todd Chiesa - Back Beach
Kate & Bash Garrett - Iron Ore Bay
Bob & Alana Anderson - Western Shores
Alan & Bev Vicstien - Martin's Point to Martin's Bluff
Rene Rogers - Paradise Bay - North Dock to South Bay & Boat Dock to North Bay
Dick Mulvihill - Wicklow Beach
Burgess Family - Little Iron Ore Bay
Karen Hirschey - St. James Campground (heading East)
Trish & Steve Scott - Cables Bay

If you would like to head out to clean a beach or two, it would be welcomed! Remaining beaches to clean:

We had a record turnout this year! Many reports of little trash collected compared to previous years. I would say about half a truck bed was collected between the items dropped off after the project and reports of drop-offs to the Transfer Station. It is apparent we are surrounded by many who are showing care for this beautiful place on a regular basis. If this is you, you are making a difference. Thank you!

I would like to send a shout out to the Beaver Island Association - https://www.beaverislandassociation.org/
The BIA is the driving force behind sponsoring this Beach Cleanup Event and promoting environmental sustainability on this piece of paradise. Please consider becoming a member and supporting this island association.

Thanks to those who provided goodies for the cleanup crew - THELMA'S (homemade date and nut-butter granola bar with Michigan Cherries and a dark chocolate drizzle) & Beth Dodge (chocolate chip cookies). It is wonderful to have such thoughtful people in our community!

Also, many thanks to the good folks at the Beaver Island Community Center, BI Transfer Station, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes for making this event possible! The reports that were completed and handed in will be sent to the Alliance for the Great Lakes for further study.

Sheri Richards

Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors Meeting

September 16, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. at Peaine Hall

View agenda for this meeting HERE

Updated on September 17, 2021

Board members and staff


This meeting took place yesterday at the Peaine Township  Hall with three members attending through Zoom, and the majority of others present.  There were also four members of the public present including the editor of Beaver Island News on the 'Net.  The meeting was live streamed on Beaver Island TV. Dr. John Martin and Ann Partridge, members of the staff, were also present at the meeting.

A packet of consent was handed out at the beginning of the meeting, which confused this editor, in that the items in that packet were approved without discussion, but assurances of legality and possible advance receipt of this document will take place in the future.  Here is that document:

Packet for BIRHC Quarterly Meeting HERE

View video of this meeting HERE

Peaine Township Meeting

September 14, 2021

View packet for this meeting HERE

View video of the meeting HERE

Thank you to Dawn Marsh for recording this meeting!

BICS Board Meeting

September 13, 2021, @ 6:30 p.m.

The BICS Board of Education, missing one member, Jamie Jarvie Moon, met outside the front door of the building under the arch.  The meeting was a little chilly and windy in temperature, but the group worked together quite well and accomplished the agenda with discussion in a short period of time.

View the public board packet HERE

View video of meeting HERE

The meeting was live streamed as well as recorded.

Two Running Events

Posted on July 16, 2021

There are two running events scheduled for the cooler fall weather here on Beaver Island.  The posters for these events are below, which explain the events.

Dark Sky Project-List of Locations

April 7, 2021

Guide to Beaver Island Dark Sky Viewing Areas
These locations are accessible to the public for night viewing in the same way as daytime visits. Some locations have become inaccessible because of high water. It is advisible to visit sites during daylight for familiarity
Beaver Island Dark Sky Sites
ref. Wojan/Cashman Map 2018
List includes ownership and comments on qualities, viewing angles, access and light pollution problems encountered.
BI Dark Sky sites on the Big Lake will have visible light domes over towns and cities on the horizon. Inland sites will have less.
Private Property policy; you have to know somebody.
There are some very good Dark Sky Sites on private property but the BIDSP can only advise that you obtain permission from the property owners before entering private property.
LTC - Little Traverse Conservancy
SoM - State of Michigan
StJ - St James Township
Peaine - Peaine Township
Associations (you gotta know somebody)
Whiskey Point - St. James Twp - All directions
car lights town lights
Potentially one the best viewing areas but until something is done about the excessive light pollution it remains marginal
Gull Harbor - St James Twp- NE to SW
general astronomy, meteor showers, n. lights
seasonally flooded, car lights
Sucker Point - Lookout Point Association All directions
Excellent sky quality with friendly neighbors.
Sucker Point Lake Drive- excellent sky quality
Northeast only, summer sunrises,
Moon and Planet risings
Aurora Borealis. Very dark
Car lights
St. James Township campground - NW to NE
Excellent sky quality but a limited view to mostly north
A prime location for viewing Northern Lights
Donegal Bay Township beach - St. James township
South to North, excellent sky quality
Perfect for sunsets, meteor showers, northern lights, overhead
viewing, and Zodiacal Light. Car lights from the road can be
Donegal Bay pavilion - Port St. James Assoc. - SW - NW
sunsets, meteor showers, western sky
Excellent sky quality but has lighting issues
pavilion has newly installed lighting car lights
McCauley Point - State of MI - 360° All directions
Excellent sky quality with locations with zero lights
1/4 mile trail
Barneys Lake Nature Preserve - LTC - excellent sky quality
Barney's Lake is in a bowl that blocks all light sources
except for the airport beacon when it's operating or the
occasional rare car on the road
Bonners Landing - State of MI - 360° all directions
Excellent sky quality and very dark
The road down the bluff is private so parking is
recommended on top. Less than a 1/4 mile
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Township Airport - 360° All directions
Use the two-track road opposite the runway near the
Coffee Shop. Even with the standing lights at the airport
there is good viewing in all directions. A convenient
The Big Field St of MI Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Excellent sky quality with zero light sources.
Reach by the two track road north of Miller's Marsh and stop at the "Y". You're there.
Light domes from Traverse City MI can be visible
Camp #3 Clearing. Inside proposed BI Dark Sky Sanctuary
Reached by following Camp#3 Trail (Road) south past
Fire Tower Rd and Green's Lake to where the sky opens up.
Probably the remotest viewing area on the list but with
zero light sources or visible light domes it's probably the
darkest. Partially tree covered but is situated alongside
Tower Ridge swamp with viewing lanes through the trees.
Iron Ore Bay west/Point Betsy - State of MI - NE to NW
high water has reduced usable area
all directions, very dark - north limited
Iron Ore Bay beach - Townships - E to W. Excellent sky quality
Light domes from Traverse City and Green Bay WI lend
Grandeur to viewing the sky over Lake Michigan, but the
lights from the few houses are not a problem. Both sites
on Iron Ore Bay are a long way from town but well worth
it. Outstanding.
Beaver Head Light House - Charlevoix County -
Overhead sky quality is excellent with zero light sources. The
horizons are blocked but the Beaverhead light house
silhouette in the view can be very special
Cables Bay Beach - State of MI - NE to SW
Very dark - north limited
1/4 trail from bridge
Wagners Campground - State of MI, Peaine twp - NE to SE
Excellent for viewing planet and moonrises over Lake
Michigan and the Mainland. Lightdomes from Traverse
City toThe Soo
Little Sand Bay Nature Preserve #1 featured viewing area.
Probably the most convenient but extremely dark viewing
area with the biggest sky. It's considered the best Beaver
Island Dark Sky Viewing Area outside of the Sanctuary. By
the house is very good but there is a short trail to the field
viewing area to the north that has zero light sources
Harbor Beach - Township -
Even with the town lights and the car lights the view of the
sky here is good and familiar constellations and planets can
be identified. Room for lots of improvement.
Whiskey Point - STJ, Central Michigan U., Remains the best example of the need for improvement in the sky quality in the Harbor. Too many unnecessary, unshielded light fixtures withthe wrong color bulbs.

A Video from the Past

copyright 2004 by Phillip Michael Moore

About seventeen years ago, the director of Beaver Island EMS was Joe Moore. His son Phillip Michael Moore was in a Master's Degree program in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. It just so happened that the video project for his degree was to be a documentary about BIEMS and the need for a local air ambulance. His video was very professionally done.

It also happened that his grandfather, Phil Gregg, happened to have a heart attack while Michael was on the island filming for this documentary. Lots of volunteer EMS people are shown in this video, along with some of the patients, of course with their permission. The documentary was completed in 2004, prior to the second paramedic class taught on Beaver Island, so some of the current EMS providers were not in this documentary.

At the time of the filming, BIEMS was a volunteer EMS agency with people getting paid only a small amount for each emergency to help cover their gas expenses for participating in an emergency call. Some of them are listed here: Jim Stambaugh, Tim McDonough, Cindy Cushman, Gerald LaFreniere, and others. The "32 Miles of Water" title of the documentary referred to the miles from Beaver Island to the mainland hospitals of Charlevoix and Petoskey.

The Beaver Island community is so fortunate to now have Island Airways with a FAA certified air ambulance that has been operating for more than ten years now. At the time this video was made, the only emergency flights were done by Northflight EMS out of Traverse City, Michigan, or the US Coast Guard helicopter, also out of Traverse City. Sarah McCafferty was the EMS director and then Danielle Dedloff when the BIEMS licensed the Welke Aviation 866JA Britten Norman Islander aircraft with the State of Michigan as an air transport vehicle under the BIEMS agency license. This is the most efficient method of getting a patient off Beaver Island and to a hospital when an emergency occurs.

The concern 17 years ago was the time necessary to get the patient to the mainland hospital with the Golden Hour being the popular EMS period of getting the patient to the operating room within this 60 minute period of time. With the flight time from Traverse City to Beaver Island being almost an hour, this Golden Hour was taken up just getting the aircraft here. Now, with the Island Airways aircraft here on the island, the time to Charlevoix Airport or Harbor Springs Airport is less than 20 minutes or less than half the time to get the plane to the island from Traverse City.

The modern advanced life support agency, completed by a locally based air transport capability makes the island quite capable of transporting a patient within this Golden Hour, but only if the local aircraft and local pilot are available. Thank you, Paul Welke and Island Airways for you commitment to helping BIEMS accomplish this goal.

This video is seventeen years old, or thereabouts, but the accomplishments can still be applauded. Great job and thank you to all the volunteers that allowed this service to accomplish many successes. It has only been four and half years that the BIEMS is now a paid paramedic ALS agency, and the same challenges are still with us here today. The work of all those in the past to get this system set up in an efficient manner cannot be ignored. Great job to all the volunteers!

View this documentary from 2004 HERE

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